Ready to adopt?
Age: 4 months
Type: Mixed breed
Location: Foster home - Fleet
Live with children: Yes - 5 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: No
Special Requirements: We are asking for another dog in the home. To help Barney continue his training and confidence. large breed experience preferred.
Important criteria: No other dogs over 8 years, no children under 8 years. No adults under 30 years.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £400
Meet Barney, siblings to Booz and Bandit. All born in Portugal unwanted and abandoned at the shelter.
The sooner these pups start their new lives in their forever homes the better they will adapt.
His new family will need to be prepared for the hard work of a pup - basic training, toileting, walking on and off lead, getting used to noises and living in a home.
The decision to adopt a puppy should not be taken lightly - we have had puppies 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, Barney will adapt and become a rounded dog. But please do not underestimate this can mean a few weeks of hard work.
Please 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:
Dog's name: Barney
Barney is a big bundle of puppy joy. Everything you would expect of a 4 month old pup. He is a big boy but gentle with it. He is learning the ropes living in a home and has settled right in, there is no reason to keep him in foster - he is so ready to find his forever home.
Where does Barney sleep at night?
Barney has the free run of downstairs with my own dogs and chooses to sleep on the little sofa, or his bed in the kitchen. My two sleep in the utility room. On his first night I also slept downstairs with him as there had been so much change for him. He slept through 11pm -5.30am went out for a wee and went back to bed.
How is Barney with current pets?
Barney has no issue living alongside my two large female dogs he is happy to cohabit with them, shares toys and buffalo horns with no issues. Barney has met the tortoise and was a little perplexed, we have not yet had the chance to cat test Barney.
Is the Barney clean indoors?
Barney takes every opportunity to toilet outside, and we have had one accident in the home but I managed to interrupt and he finished outside. Continued toilet training will be required but Barney is picking things up very quickly.
Can Barney be left alone?
Barney is a well-rounded chap and if introduced to being left correctly he shouldn’t have any issues. We have not yet had the chance to leave him home alone however I have made the effort to leave him downstairs when I go up to introduce the idea of being left. Barney whines momentarily but soon settles. This is something that must be continued little and often and for increasing lengths of time so that Barney realises being left is normal and no fuss needs to be made.
Is Barney out on walks?
Barney enjoys his walks and a good sniff, he is keen to explore and enjoy life. He has a lovely bounce in his step and really understand the lead and is confident when out. Barney has no issues with traffic and really enjoys the sights and sound of the woods.
How does Barney walk on the lead?
Barney is great on lead, he is enthusiastic and currently walked on a flat collar and lead and a slip lead just for security. Barney walks beautifully at my side and will go ahead to explore when allowed.
Has Barney met other dogs?
Barney is a sociable boy and has passed and met several dogs out on walks and is very polite, he doesn’t appear to be bothered by them either way which is perfect.
How are they with humans? Barney is loves people and is quite delighted to see us in the morning he loves a snuggle in on the sofa, he climbs on us on the floor and follows us around and keen to give kisses and ear nibbles!
Have you noticed Barney is afraid of any particular things?
As yet we have not found anything that Barney is a afraid of. He is a confident inquisitive pup.
Any other useful information?
As Barney is likely to be a large dog (going on his weight, bone size and paws) it’s important to highlight that as he grows, he shouldn’t be exercised excessively to tire him out. Larger breed types take a little longer for their joints to mature. At present a 30 min walk x 2 a day is plenty and this can be gradually increased, longer walks days out are fine if there is the opportunity for breaks. Repetitive or too much strain on such young joints can lead to joint disease later down the line. Slow and steady wins the race. Training games and mental stimulation is really good to burn off puppy energy. Barney also really enjoys a range of toys. Chew toys and coffee root, natural chews are a good idea as Barney is about to enter the teething phase with his adult teeth coming through.
Barny has a healthy appetite and is on 3 meals a day and has no issue eating alongside my two dogs. He also really enjoys chewing on a natural Rams horn, and antlers.
Barney will make a wonderful loyal addition to an active family, he has so much love to give, another dog would be an advantage and large breed experience and confidence preferred.