This pair will be looking for a home soon. Dotty is currently receiving extra support and training, spending time in a foster home with her puppy April, who is continuing to learn important life skills. They hope to start looking for a new home soon and MUST be placed together. Dotty has had a traumatic past and is very attached to her puppy, gaining confidence from April's inquisitive enthusiasm for life. Dotty experienced mistreatment so lacks confidence in general, she avoids physical contact, even with those she knows and is highly suspicious of strangers. Dotty is also scared of children due to the mistreatment she has experienced. As April has been learning life skills, Dotty has been learning lots of new things too, however they will need an EXPERINCED home with knowledge and understanding of dog behaviour to continue building confidence, long term commitment to management and training is required so patience is a must. Dotty and April need an ADULT ONLY, quieter home environment and areas to be exercised. They are high energy, excitable little dogs so will need an ACTIVE home able to provide plenty of activity to keep them appropriately physically and mentally enriched. Dotty needs training around other dogs as she becomes vocal and reactive (protective of her precious April), whilst April has been spending time learning important doggie social communication skills. Dotty is likely to be worried if placed within an environment where other dogs live so they need to be the ONLY dogs in the home. They are not fully house trained and not used to travelling in the car frequently. They are VERY VOCAL little dogs so a new home will need to consider this and they will require a home with access to their own very SECURE GARDEN area to zoom about in and explore. Both will still need a huge amount of long term support to help them to continue to enjoy life to the full. Suitable potential adopters will need to LIVE CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE CENTRE to be able to make several, regular visits over a period of weeks to allow Dotty to get to know them and start to feel able to build a bond with them. We will also need to feel confident that people are able to understand both Dotty and April's specific needs and manage these along with continuing with supportive training.
As the owner you are responsible for providing everything your dog needs to keep them healthy and happy:
· Companionship - Dogs are very social and love spending time with people and sometimes other animals.
· Physical exercise - At least a couple walks a day.
· Mental Stimulation - Activity that keeps their mind busy / training.
· A healthy diet - Normally two feeds a day of the food type and quantity appropriate for the dog. Access to clean, fresh water.
· Veterinary care - When needed. Annual health check.
· Comfortable environment - Not too cold, hot, draughty or damp, where they can rest.
· Respect of their needs - Especially ensure children know how to behave around dogs to help them build a lasting friendship.
Each dog has specific needs, depending on its age, breed and type. For more info on caring for your dog please order our free pet care guide here: Pet Care Guide