Arthur is a 5 year old male English Cocker Spaniel. He is fostered in Hingham. Arthur has recently surrendered due to the owner’s ill health.
Arthur is a typical spaniel, a very busy active dog, and pulls on the lead so work is needed there. He has always been an only dog and is not well socialised.
However, he is living in a multi-dog foster home now and slow introduction and a few grumbles they are all mixing well.
Arthur could be the only dog but the socialisation needs to be kept up or with another friendly dog.
Someone with cocker spaniel experience would be ideal. Arthur has not lived with cats or children, so dog-savvy children over 10 would be ok.
When you adopt a Safe Rescue dog, you MUST use a slip lead. This will keep your dog safe: your new dog will be nervous and will not trust you, and you will not know which situations might upset your dog.
If your dog panics, then a slip lead is the only way to prevent your dog from escaping (many dogs can escape from a collar and/or harness).
It will take AT LEAST 3-6 months for your dog to settle in and for you to know your dog fully (longer for nervous dogs). The slip lead must ALWAYS be used during this settling-in period.
Even after your dog is settled, it is safest to use the slip lead in situations where your dog may become scared (e.g. visiting new places, around unfamiliar people, at the vet), and in situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night).
Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a backup safety measure. The slip lead is a safety device and must NEVER be used as a training tool.
Using the lead to apply pressure to the dog’s neck is damaging. If your dog pulls on the lead, then we can advise you on training methods that avoid harm.
Once your dog is settled, you may want to consider using a harness (together with the slip lead) if your dog is comfortable with being handled when it is fitted.
Most harnesses are not escape-proof, but harnesses with a strap behind the ribcage (e.g. Ruffwear Webmaster or Perfect Fit Harnesses) are safer. Retractable/extendable leads must never be used on our dogs. Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.