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Age: 4 years
Type: Mixed breed
Location: Foster home - Fleet.
Live with children: Yes - 5 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
This is Vascos who was found living in a field with another dog and brought to the rescue in March 2019.
Vascos is a very happy loving dog, who loves people, his little stumpy tail wags with happiness. He enjoys playing with the 2 females in his foster home and is a really happy boy.
Vascos can be a little growly with male dogs, this stems from him being in a cage in Portugal with one female dog who was not sociable with people, so not many people went inside his kennel. This has led to some socialisation issues with the rods as he never got to mix. He is walking with other dogs I foster and will only growl a little but responds to any and stops immediately. He will need a family who will socialise him with male dogs so he can get over this fear. He is a great boy who is so well behaved in the home, loves people and no mess no chewing, but he just needs to walk with boys, and learn not to fear them.
With the correct training, guidance and boundaries he will settle well and we ask our adopters to be fully committed to doing whatever is needed to help him become the perfect pet.
Feedback from Vascos' foster family
Where does Vascos sleep at night?
Vascos is happy and content to sleep downstairs and has free run of the kitchen and utility room. He sleeps well and currently goes through the night from 10.30pm - 6.30am.
How is Vascos with current pets?
Vascos enjoys the company of our resident female dogs and enjoys a good play or game of chase. However at night he chooses to sleep separately from them so he is not dependent on other dogs being around. Vascos has yet to meet cats but has met our tortoise which he ignored.
Is Vascos clean indoors?
Vascos is now clean in the house. Having only lived outside and in a shelter Vascos did not understand that it wasn't appropriate to wee inside. However he is a quick learner and with some guidance and praise for doing the right thing I think we have cracked it and he is happy to use the garden and relieve himself on walks.
Can Vascos be left alone?
Vascos makes no fuss at being left, we have left him for short periods of time and he does not follow us upstairs. He is quite happy with the radio or tv for company and settles down to sleep. We have seen this on our doggy cam.
Is Vascos out on walks?
Vascos is out on walks, has no issues with traffic and really enjoys a good sniff and explore in the woods.
How does he walk on the lead?
Vascos has lovely lead manners and is happy to be near you. We've had no pulling other than from me if he's spending too long sniffing lol! Currently Vascos is being walked on a slip lead and harness. Once away from the road and in the woods or fields I have been removing the slip lead and allowing him more freedom to explore on a long line or extendable lead attached to the harness. Vascos really enjoys being able to wander and sniff. I don't think there will be any issues with him eventually going off lead after building a good relationship with his forever family.
Has Vascos met other dogs?
Vascos is living with my 2 large female dogs with no issues at all, he is happy to walk with other dogs but is cautious of dogs running up to him unannounced. He prefers female dog company, but with continued exposure to other male dogs and guidance he will learn that they are not a threat.
How is Vasco with humans?
Vascos loves people, and will cuddle up all day long for fuss if allowed. Vascos will sometimes stand on his back legs to say hello but he is ever so gentle with this. I believe he has learnt to rely on standing on his hind legs to see over the fence at the shelter he came from. He has quite good balance doing this! Vascos is currently living with children who he also enjoys receiving fuss from.
Have you noticed if Vascos is afraid of any particular things?
Vascos may be a little startled at sudden loud noises but just stops in his tracks to work out where the noise has come from. Otherwise so far Vascos has not shown any fear with anything we have exposed him to and we are quite a busy household.
Any other useful information?
Having been in a shelter Vascos still needs to be reassured that he will be looked after and that life is all good, he has yet to learn to play with toys but is a really fun chap. He is so adorable, loves a cuddle and tummy rub and his little stubby tail does not stop wiggling with joy!
Vascos needs to put on a little weight. He is currently on two good meals a day plus treats and is being fed alongside my girls. Vascos can get a little worried if they come too close to his food whilst eating which is understandable given his struggle for food in the past but he is happy for me to take his bowl and my dogs are respectful of his space, this concern of his will continue to ease as he feels more secure in the knowledge he will be fed. Vascos is more than happy to take treats in close proximity to other dogs and is learning to sit to receive his reward.
Vascos will make a really loving and loyal family member, he is super trainable and would thoroughly enjoy being part of a family who are able to dedicate time to continue teaching him the ropes about how fun life in a home can be.