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Age: 4 months
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Large when fully grown, large Lab size
Location: Foster home - Aldershot, Hants
Live with children: Yes - 10 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
Special Requirements: An active family who have experience with lead training and a boisterous pup.
Important criteria: No other dogs over 8 years, no children under 10 years. No adults under 30 years.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
Aretha and her sister Lucy arrived recently from Crete, poor girl found herself in a shelter in Crete forgot and without proper care.
To be an energetic pup without guidance walks or care is very hard on all dogs, let alone a pup.
Aretha was desperate for love and cuddles, she is going to be a large dog when fully grown, and needs basic training on lead work, socialisation and boundaries. She has never been taught the rules of family life so needs to learn.
Our process can be speedy is you are a suitable match, so please only apply if your ready to proceed and fully committed to the hard work a puppy can be.
We ask you only apply if you are 100% committed to the hard work a puppy can bring, broken sleep, toilet training, socialisation, boundaries. The first week is very important and with the right boundaries and guidance our pups will easily adjust and make a lovely additions to any home but adopters need to be fully prepared.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ADOPT IMMEDIATELY PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AS YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REPLY.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs name: Aretha
Where does Aretha sleep at night?
Downstairs in the kitchen with the family dog. Slept very well on her first night, from 10pm – 7am and was clean.
How is Aretha with current pets?
She gets on well with my 5 year old cockapoo. She is always keen to play, but after having a play she is content laying down and having a snooze or chewing on her antler bone.
Is Aretha clean indoors?
Yes, so far Aretha is clean indoors. She is a quick learner and loves to please. However, she is a young puppy and owners must expect for Aretha to have some accidents and that there may be a need for further toilet training.
Can Aretha be left alone?
I have left Aretha and the family dog on their own together many times and she is fine, doesn’t even whimper. I have also left her on her own for 15 minutes and she was fine. She has a lovely temperament
Is Aretha out on walks?
Aretha has been on one walk so far and loved meeting lots of other dogs and sniffing all the plants and trees.
How does Aretha walk on the lead?
Aretha is happy to have a slip lead put on her and for her first ever walk on a lead, she walked reasonably well. However, she is already quite a strong dog and she does pull. A large part of this is likely the excitement to be out on a walk so I am hopeful that as she settles, she won’t pull so much but further training is required.
Has Aretha met with other dogs?
Aretha gets on well with my dog Bertie and she tries to play with him, but Bertie isn’t so keen to play! Aretha is keen to meet other dogs when out and is very sociable. She settled into life in the UK very quickly. She is a confident and happy puppy who loves strokes and affection.
How is Aretha with humans?
Aretha adores human company, she loves a cuddle and playing with toys, particularly her antler bone. She would love an active sociable home either with another dog or with humans who will be home most of the day and can invest time in continuing her training. She is curious and puts everything in her mouth – she is particularly keen on slippers (even when they are on your feet). She is also very bouncy and sometimes jumps up on humans and worktops/tables, so she needs to go to a home without young children. She is learning fast but needs firm boundaries.
Have you noticed if Aretha is afraid of any particular things?
Nothing so far. She is full of life and as bouncy and happy as you would expect a very young pup to be. Although she is very energetic, she does have down time, particularly after a walk, and she loves sleeping on your feet. She is fine with loud traffic, the TV and she sleeps through the night.
Any other useful information ?
She is a very friendly girl and she has so much love to give. She is already a similar size to my cockapoo, so she will be a large dog when fully grown. She travels well in the car, although she doesn’t like to sit still. She loves her food but when it comes to water, she currently does a better job at knocking her water bowl over and getting it all over the floor than she does drinking it. She is learning quickly and she is a wonderful dog. However, she will need firm boundaries from day one and owners who will invest time in her training.
What is Aretha’s ideal home:
Aretha would benefit from a loving and energetic family that can invest time in her. The family should not have young children as she is full of beans and likes to put anything in her mouth. She enjoys having a companion dog but it is not essential.. Her suitability with cats is not known.