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Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 10 months
Type: Mixed Breed
Location: Foster home - Basingstoke RG22
Live with children: Yes - 10 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
This is Duke, a friendly and playful young chap who was found as a stray on the streets. He is fully vaccinated, microchipped and neutered.
Duke loves playing with his housemates and loves cuddles. He is still a pup and would love an active home and to play with other dogs regularly.
He has spent a little time in foster, but is still in need of continued training. So his new family will need to be prepared for the consistent work of introducing a rescue dog to domestic life in the UK - basic training, toileting, walking on and off lead, getting used to noises and living in a home.
The decision to adopt a rescue dog should not be taken lightly - we have had dogs returned as people have not been fully prepared for the consistent work that maybe needed. If you invest time and energy into the advice we give you, Duke will adapt well to his new UK life.
A reminder - Chimney Farm will be closing by end of 2023 so all adopters need to be aware there will be no rescue back up after November 1st. However, we would like to assure new adoptive families that our rehoming team will be available for advice during the early months of their dog's settling-in period.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs name: Duke
Where does Duke sleep at night? In his bed in the hallway next to our dog Basil. He settles very quickly and is clean at night.
How is Duke with current pets? Playful. He is very active and always tries to persuade our dog to play. He has been told off a few times by Basil and will back off for a bit.
Is Duke clean indoors? Yes, he had a couple of indoor accidents in the first 24 hours but has since been clean indoors. He goes straight out in the morning to go to toilet and takes himself out regularly throughout the day.
Can Duke be left alone? Yes, he has been left for nearly 3 hours and settled in his bed. We left him some chew toys which he had obviously played with but there were no accidents.
Is Duke out on walks? Yes, he has had several long walks and loves to explore. He is great at meeting and greeting other dogs and will happily approach people to say hello. He is quite independent, not relying on us or Basil to lead the way. We have started giving him some freedom with a long lead and apart from tying us in knots around trees, he doesn’t pull.
How does Duke walk on the lead? He is learning to walk with a lead. When on a short lead, he can be guided to walk at your side and when on a long lead, he will come back to you with a whistle and call.
Has Duke met with other dogs? Yes, he has met several on the school run and was quite happy with the meet and greets. He has also been on a group walk with 3 large dogs and was not phased at all.
How is Duke with humans? Very affectionate. Loves to snuggle in and will put his head on your lap and bum in the air seeking attention. He is playful as well and loves a bit of tug of war with a toy or chasing a squeaky toy. He can occasionally jump up when we have food but is learning the “no” command
Have you noticed if Duke is afraid of any particular things? Not yet. He is very confident
Any other useful information ? He is a quick learner. We have started recall training with him and he comes back for treats. He is also learning to wait for a treat when it is placed on the floor. He is still young so is chewing things and loves a garden croc. We have learnt to move things out of reach just in case. He does an adorable spin round when you are giving him his meals and gets the zoomies around the garden several times a day. He also gets very excited when you come home or come downstairs in the morning and has a squeaky sing song when he sees you.
What is Duke’s ideal home: He would be fine on his own as long as his human family were around most of the time, otherwise he would benefit from having another pooch at home.
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