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Age: 4 Months / Not neutered
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Medium estimate
Location: In foster / Sunbury on Thames
Live with children: Children 5 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
Meryl is a sweet natured, confident lass. One of five siblings arriving shortly from Portugal. So many abandoned pups in Portugal at present, she is one of lucky pups who were rescued and kept safe at the shelter until they are old enough to travel.
Dogs name: Meryl
Where does Meryl sleep at night?
Meryl sleeps in our bedroom in her own bed. She does try to come up on the bed as she loves to snuggle but we have been putting her back into her bed after a quick reassuring cuddle. One of our dogs does sleep on our bed so it is understandable that she tries to do so.
How is Meryl with current pets?
She is very confident with my three dogs, who are all considerably larger than her. She is still learning her place in the pack and has a fairly dominant character. She has displayed some possessiveness over toys and food, but is learning that she cannot always have her own way and will back down. She is very playful with them but also happy to entertain herself with toys, especially tennis balls and anything that squeaks.
She has had a brief encounter with a cat and had no reaction.
Is Meryl clean indoors?
Yes. Aside from one wee accident on the day she arrived she has been clean and does take herself outside to do her business. She generally goes to toilet reasonably soon after eating and wees fairly frequently, especially after waking up.
Can Meryl be left alone?
She has been left alone for 30 minutes. Watching her on the camera she does show some anxiety and paces and whines a little but not excessively. She distracts herself with toys but is inclined to jump up on the table.
She is excited to see us on our return and soon settles.
Is Meryl out on walks?
She has been having 3 walks a day.
First thing in the morning (7ish) before breakfast. Duration is between 20-30 mins.
Early afternoon, about an hour after her lunch. Usually around 30 mins.
Late night, just before bedtime, for a short 10-15 min toilet walk.
She walks happily amongst the other dogs and likes to chase a ball.
How does Meryl walk on the lead?
She was initially nervous of her lead and harness but is getting used to them. She does have to be encouraged outside on her lead and is sometimes reticent to go out of the front door. She has improved with this over the short time she has been here. She walks fairly nicely on a slip lead although she does pull slightly inititally and has been on a long line with her harness. Her recall is good when on a long line and in the garden but not tested her off line on a walk yet.
Has Meryl met with other dogs?
Yes. She can display quite dominant behaviour with some dogs and barks initially which we obviously discourage and walk her away and bring her back again. She calms down after a little while of walking alongside them.
How are they with humans?
She loves people, including children, although she has shown some wariness towards men. This is exhibited by backing away rather than barking at them.
Have you noticed if Meryl is afraid of any particular things?
She is sometimes a little wary of men on initially meeting but will happily have a cuddle once she is used to them.
She isn’t keen on walking through big gates but can be encouraged and generally follows the other dogs.
Any other useful information?
She is used to travelling in the car as she goes in it for her 3 walks with the other dogs. She is usually slightly subdued in the car and sits quietly.
Unusually for a shelter dog she is not a fast eater at meal times and sometimes wanders off before finishing it and then comes back to it. She does love treats. Generally gravy bones or puppy training treats which we have been using for recall. She will sit nicely for a treat after her initial excitement.
She is very affectionate and loves a cuddle and will happily sleep on you all the time if you let her.
Meryl has grown up in a shelter, not in a home environment, so she will need some ongoing training with socialisation, lead and toilet training. It won't take her long but will need some guidance.
Meryl is fully vaccinated and microchipped but is too young to be neutered so her adopters will need to commit to doing this once he is old enough.