Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 1.5 years
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Medium to large approx 25kg
Location: Foster home Farnborough, Hants
Live with children: Yes - 12 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
Special Requirements: An adoptive family who have experience of helping a nervous dog adapt to domestic life. Peter has grown up surrounded by dogs. He is young and learning, so we are asking for there to be another dog in the home.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £400
Sweet boy Peter - we first saw Peter in the shelter in Crete back in July, he was sweet but shy, but over the months has become shyer and so afraid of people. We knew he had to leave.
Peter arrived to the UK 16th November and what a sweet boy he is, he doesn't have any badness in him, he is just afraid of people. Peter was only ever handled for neutering, vaccinations etc, so he associated us with pain.
Dogs are so amazing and they learn to trust us in such a short time. Peter was afraid and shut down when arrived, but his wonderful foster mum Abbie has taught him life can be fun and humans can be kind.
Peter was afraid of walking and his new surroundings, but day 4 and he is out walking with the pack and enjoying himself.
Peter is still scared of people and has ended well with his foster family but he needs an experienced home who will help and guide Peter and continue the work Abbie has done.
We will not allow him to go to an inexperienced home.
He has only known life in a shelter, so his new family will need to be prepared to introduce him to his new UK life, by introducing him to his new surroundings - he is clean indoors and has started to walk on a lead but needs some more guidance to be more confident on the lead. We feel another sociable dog in the home will help Peter adjust.
Peter will be a project, there is no denying, he will be shy and will need to be helped. So we ask adopters to only apply if they have experience and realistic expectations that it will be a longer journey than most.
SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL BE IN PLACE TO ALLOW MEETING/ADOPTIONS.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's Name - Peter
Where does Peter sleep at night?
Peter sleeps in my room in his bed which is next to my bed. He sleeps throughout the night
Is he clean indoors?
Peter did have accidents to start with because he was so scared, but now he is more confident and has a good routine in place he is clean throughout the day and night.
Can Peter be left alone?
Peter has been left up to 2 hours. He generally just stays in his bed.
Is Peter out on walks and how does he walk on lead?
Peter is out on walks several times a day.
At first Peter really struggled with being outside and generally being quite overwhelmed. When he first arrived he wouldn’t walk but as the days have passed and we built up our relationship he has learnt to trust me and slowly come out of his shell and started to enjoy his walks.
Has Peter met other dogs?
Peter has met lots of different dogs of all shapes and sizes he can be a bit timid with the bouncy dogs but has slowly become more comfortable around them and has started to sniff other dogs.
How is Peter with humans?
Peter is very wary of People both men and women this is due to him having very little contact with anyone his whole life.
He is slowly learning to trust but is still very wary and gives a wide birth around people out on walks.
When in the house if approached he cowers but in time he will become more relaxed and learn people are friendly.
Have you noticed if Peter is a afraid or worried by any particular things?
Peter is a scared of a few things this is due to him having very little socialisation of good experiences before coming to the UK
Peter is very wary and shy around people and will take time to adjust and build a bond with new family. When out on walks he gives a wide birth to people so it will take time for him to realise it’s safe to walk past.
When approached in the house he quite often freezes and cowers this is slowly getting better as he learns who he can trust with the help of his favourite treat ham.
I’d recommend him living with slightly older children
Peter is also quite jumpy around sudden movement and bangs such as the dustbin closing this is due to all being quite new and having such a rough start to life.
When he first came to me he was very fearful on the lead and of the lead itself, but has now adapted really well and is started to enjoy walks more.
THE PERFECT FAMILY FOR PETER
Perfect family for Peter would be someone who has owned nervous dogs before so has the experience and knowledge of how to deal with them Peter would also like to have another dog in the household so that he can learn from them.
Peter now loves his walks and it’s key for him to be out and about adapting to UK life and getting to know everyday noises, so an active family is ideal.
It is forever family needs to be quite confident and helping him overcome his fears so that he can enjoy so much more. His family needs to be quite confident of helping him overcome his fears so he can become more confident and settled.