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Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 1 Year
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Small - Terrier size
Location: Foster home - Waterlooville, Hants
Live with children: Yes - 8 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes
Special Requirements: Ideally another dog in the home who can show him the ropes and be a playmate.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
Meet Scooby, a cheeky lovable lad, who has just arrived in the UK from Crete and is settling into his foster home.
Scooby was rescued from a very sad life, in a Crete shelter, no walks, no love, just alone with his kennel buddy most of the day. Lucky if fed once a day. Neutered without pain meds and just left.
Scooby is fully vaccinated, microchipped and neutered.
Although he has spent a some time in foster, he is in need of continued training.
His new family will need to be prepared for the consistent work of introducing a pup to domestic life in the UK - basic training, 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 hard work that can come. If you invest time and energy into the advice we give you, Scooby will adapt well. But please do not underestimate this can mean a few weeks of consistent work.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's Name: Scooby
Where does Scooby sleep at night?
Scooby sleeps in the dining room in his bed alongside our dogs. He is clean through the night and settles quickly.
How is Scooby with current animals?
Scooby currently lives with my male and female dogs and our cat. The dogs are doing great together. They follow each other around and often sleep next to each other on the sofa. We do have the occasional growls and snarls while they are working things out but it’s not a regular occurrence and is over very quick. He seems to like the cat and they have been lying next to each other in the sun. He hasn’t tried to chase him.
Is Scooby clean indoors?
Scooby uses outside for his toileting but he does still have some indoor accidents, so toilet training will need to continue
Can Scooby be left alone?
Scooby has been left several times 1 to 2 hours. He settles quickly on his bed and is always excited when we return. He hasn’t shown any destructive behaviour when left.
Is Scooby out on walks?
Yes, Scooby happily lets me put on his slip lead and harness and follows my dog out. He doesn’t seem bothered by passing cars, people or bikes. We have started using the long training lead to practice recall and he loves the freedom of this and comes back when called.
How does Scooby walk on the lead?
Scooby is excited to go out on his walks and does pull on his lead, so we use a harness and a slip lead. He loves to stop and sniff. He will need some ongoing training with his lead walking.
Has Scooby met other dogs?
Yes and he is always very polite when they approach each other. When dogs on other side of road pass on leads, he seems very interested and pulls towards their direction. No barking at them, just a keen interest.
How is Scooby with humans?
Scooby is a cuddle monster, he loves people and will get as close to you as he can. He really enjoys belly rubs. He does jump up at times but is learning that he only gets fuss when 4 paws are on the floor. He has occasionally been a little mouthy when excited but again attention is taken away from him when he does this. He loves to play with his toys and will play fetch, sometimes bringing the ball back.
Have you noticed that Scooby is afraid of any particular things?
Scooby doesn’t seem too bothered by household noises but doesn’t like the hoover and moves away from it. He is fine with passing vehicles and people.
Any other information?
Scooby is a big hit with our whole family, he has a fabulous character and is lots of fun. He is quickly leaning our rules and doggy manners, so this needs to continue. He already shows what a wonderful addition he will be and a wonderful companion. He loves his toys, Nylabone and balls. He likes his food, which helps with training. Scooby knows his name and comes when called.
When Scooby first arrived he would suck/nibble material so we bought him a little blanket toy to divert his attention. This seems to have worked a treat and we offer him this if he starts to do it.
What kind of home do you think would be suitable?
I feel Scooby would like to live with a family who are willing to give him the attention, affection, time, socialision and training to fulfil his needs. He is a sociable little boy who will be a real loyal buddy to someone.
I think he could quite happily be an only dog but I also think it would be nice for him to have the company of another a dog, one to learn from.