Sex: Female - neutered
Age: 1 year
Type: Mixed breed
Location: Foster home - Aldershot, Hampshire
Live with children: Yes - 10 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes
Special Requirements: An experienced confident but patient family who will help her adapt and progress. A sociable dog in the home under 8 years of age will help her adapt quicker.
Please do not apply if you do not have another dog in the home.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £500
SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL BE IN PLACE TO ALLOW MEETING/ADOPTIONS.
Meet our shy girl Lara, poor girl was likely born at the shelter or arrived as a small pup and then was forgotten. No handling except for vaccinations or neutering, no human affection, just left with her siblings in a small enclosure, no walks, no toys.
Lara has missed out on so much in her short life, so has to catch up. With guidance and the right family she will overcome her previous experiences and blossom into a lovely girl.
But she does need an experienced home, a home with patience who will give her the time she needs, but also push her out of her comfort zone so she learns to adapt and become braver.
Lara has only been in the UK for a short time and has already shown signs of progress and we are seeing the signs of the sweet girl she is.
Her new family will need to be prepared for the hard work of of introducing her to her new surroundings - basic training, socialisation, walking, getting used to noises and being around humans more.
With the right boundaries and guidance she will all adjust and make a great family pet. We ask our adopters to be 100% sure they are ready to commit to the training and hard work required.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's Name: Lara
Where does Lara sleep at night?
Lara sleeps in her bed which is next to my bed. The first night she was really unsettled due to all the changes she’d been through. but since then she settles really well in her bed.
Is she clean indoors?
Yes, clean girl.
Can Lara be left alone?
Lara has been left alone for up to 40min. When she first came she was not happy about being left and certainly had separation anxiety.
We’ve worked hard on this by leaving her little and often and building the time up. She can sometimes still cry and pace fir the first few minutes but does then settle in her bed. A family need to invest work and time into leaving her little and often.
Is Lara out on walks and how does she walk on lead?
Lara walks lovely on lead and doesn’t pull often.
Has Lara met other dogs?
Lara is currently living with one dog and is meeting dogs regularly on walks. She can be very timid especially when being approached by other dogs. She is getting better and becomes more confident day by day but this will take time and the new owners will need to have a good socialisation plan in place to help Lara get used to being around other dogs.
Lara has barked and snapped at the dog she is in foster with when she first arrived but now she knows he’s friendly and isn’t a threat she’s much more relaxed.
How is Lara with humans?
Lara is very timid of people, more inside the house then outside.
Lara will often move away when approached or will become very stiff and submissive. She has started to relax more and likes to sit on her bed next to me while I study. She’s still cautious at being touched, but is learning that tickles and strokes are nice.
It’s important for the new family to help Lara though her fears and shyness. During the day when we are home I create a bed for her to settle on in the room I’m in, this is helping her learn that she can be around people and she doesn’t need to be scared.
Have you noticed Lara is afraid or worried of any particular things?
As stated above, Lara is fearful of both humans and dogs but has shown progress since being in foster so will need a family who have the time to work with her through these issues.
She also can be startled by odd noises such as a person coughing or sneezing but she will learn to settle and relax over time.
THE PERFECT FAMILY FOR LARA
The ideal family for Lara would be one which has owned timid, or rescue dogs before, and understands she need lots of patience. At the same time she also needs to be pushed out of her comfort zone in order to overcome her fears of dogs, people and sounds.
Another dog in the home will help with her socialisation, especially during COVID times when socialisation classes or regular meetings with other dogs is restricted.
Lara loves to walk, so a family which enjoys being outside is a must. This would help her to meet lots of dogs and become more comfortable around them. So the new family need a good socialisation plan in place once she’s adopted.
Lara is still working on being left for periods of times so the new family must continue this and leave her little and often each day to prevent her separation anxiety reappearing.
Overall Lara needs a confident but patient family who will help her through her worries and help to teach her that people and dogs are safe and fun to be around.