Clementine is an 8 month old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. Clementine came to us recently from the Botosani public shelter in Romania.
We were introduced to her when we visited in March as we were shown a pen of scared puppies that had been rejected by other rescues because they weren’t friendly enough.
On arrival, the pups were indeed not happy to be touched by humans but they are fast learners and have done well in their rehabilitation.
Clementine is a cheeky and inquisitive pup who picks things up super fast. She is still initially shy of strangers but her curiosity and love of food soon get the better of her and it doesn’t take her very long to make new friends.
Clementine will need a home with at least one other confident dog. She is still a little wary to live with young children but would be ok with respectful children aged ten plus. She is still very young so will need a home where somebody is home for a lot of the day.
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.