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Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 3 years
Location: Foster home - Addlestone, Surrey
Live with children: Yes - 15 years+ Teddy is suited to a calmer home
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes
Special Requirements: Teddy is shy and will need a few weeks to adapt to a new home - so patient owners who have time and can help him overcome his fears.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
Meet Teddy who has just arrived in the UK having been rescued from a terrible shelter in Crete. He is a sweet natured, shy lad who gets on well with other dogs.
Life in a shelter can leave dogs feeling utterly frustrated and miserable, No dog should live in a shelter for long term. But with no hope of finding anyone in Crete we are glad we could help so many dogs in the shelter.
Teddy was placed in a concrete prison cell with 8 other dogs, not touched or handled only to be caught with a dog pole for neutering. So stressful and Teddy believed all humans would harm him.
We caught Teddy and he spent time in Crete foster, there he learnt to trust again.
Teddy is still a bit shy, but will make a wonderful happy sweet boy once he settles with his forever home. But this may take a few weeks of consistent exposure to new environments and not allowing him to hide away.
Teddy is fully vaccinated, microchipped and neutered. He has only known life on the streets and in a shelter, so his new family will need to be prepared for the consistent work of introducing him to his new surroundings - basic training, toilet, walking, getting used to noises and living in a home.
With the right boundaries and guidance he will easily 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:
Dogs Name : Teddy
Teddy is a beautiful, sweet natured little dog who wants to be loved and is affectionate. He is long haired and very soft to touch.
Where does Teddy sleep at night?: Teddy sleeps in his own bed in the lounge with our other two dogs. Doesn’t make a sound. Sleeps a lot during the day too in between walks.
How is Teddy with current animals?: Teddy is fine with our two older dogs. Is still a little nervous when meeting new dogs on walks. Has been cat tested and is fine. Does not appear to be a chaser.
Is Teddy Clean indoors?: This is work in progress with a few accidents overnight or when we are out. Has learnt to do his business in the garden and has in the last day learnt to start toileting on walks. Will use Puppy pads overnight or when we are out. Work in progress to get Teddy to hold his bladder and bowels all night.
Can Teddy be left alone?: We have left Teddy for stints of 1 to 2 hours per day and he is absolutely fine. Sleeps most of the time and no destructive behaviour observed.
How is Teddy out on Walks?: Teddy walks really well on a slip lead or harness. He doesn’t pull or strain at the lead. He prefers to stay close to us and is slowly becoming more inquisitive and starting to walk with my older dogs. His confidence is improving daily.
Has Teddy met with other dogs?: Teddy is living with our two other dogs and meets many more dogs on walks or friend’s homes. Is shy and nervous initially but with encouragement settles quickly.
How is Teddy with Humans?: Teddy is shy and timid when he first meets new humans, but quickly will allow them to stroke and cuddle him if approached in a slow and gentle manner. If approached too quickly or someone tries to pick him up, he has snapped out of fear, but not bitten. Poor little thing is learning that those he comes in contact with do not want to hurt him and is gradually learning that his new environment is safe. He likes to come up on to the sofa and enjoys a cuddle and belly rub. In fact he demands a cuddle by always wanting to sit on or next to you!
Have you noticed that Teddy is afraid of particular things?: Teddy clearly is not used to urban living so is frightened by heavy, fast passing traffic on bigger roads. Especially nervous of car headlights on evening walks. Seems fine with the hoover and other loud noises. Met a cyclist the other day and a horse that scared him. But as his development and experiences grow, he is becoming more confident. Will growl if he is unsure about a loud noise or situation.
Useful Information: Teddy travels really well in the car…usually taking the opportunity to have a doze! Loves his wet food, but not keen so far on any dog biscuits or harder food. Teddy clearly has not been walked often (if at all). We are building his stamina on 2 walks a day…which he seems to enjoy. Teddy does not bark, even when someone comes to the door or at other dogs. Teddy is not interested in toys or playing with other dogs. He enjoys a simple life of walk, sleep, eat and cuddles!
What kind of home would be suitable?: We think that Teddy will be fine with other dogs or as the only dog. With other dogs, Teddy may benefit from role models. But at the same time, he would be perfect as an only dog with someone who can give him their sole attention to continue with his development, complete house training and introduce him to further new experiences.