James is a 4-5 year old male Cross-Breed. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. We met James on our trip to Botosani public shelter in Romania last month.
James was in a pen with three other small dogs and we agreed to take all four of them at the earliest possible opportunity to clear the pen.
James was very shy with us but he allowed me to hold him whilst blood was taken for the tests needed for him to travel to the UK.
After around three years in that hellish shelter, for a crime none in there have committed, James is now in the UK and building in confidence daily.
James will need an adopter who is experienced with shy dogs. They will need to be patient and understand that he will take the first few weeks to learn to trust his new people.
James will need at least one other dog in permanent residence to draw confidence from. He will need a calm household with no children under the age of twelve.
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.