Arla – UK

Sex: Female
Size: Large
Age: Approx 3 years old
Breed:
Unknown: Suspected labrador/labrador X retriever
Have I been spayed? Yes
Energy needs? Medium-High
Can I live with children?
I would prefer a home without young children
Can I live with dogs? I can live with or without another dog
Can I live with cats? I have not been tested with cats

Where will she travel from? She is currently in foster in Wiltshire, UK

Background

Arlo is currently in foster in Wiltshire, UK. She is ready for her forever home.

Arlo was rescued from a government shelter abroad. These shelters do not feed the animals or get them appropriate veterinary care. Many die of disease there and so Arlo had a lucky escape. 

We suspect that Arlo will have had a home before. Dogs like her are not usually born on the streets but are abandoned on the streets and collected by the dog catchers for the local shelters. However, we cannot be sure.

Home

Arlo has not displayed any issues with destructivity in her foster home. She enjoys chewing toys but that is all. 

She has done very well with toilet training. She appears to have a very strong bladder and can hold it well during the night.

She has adapted well to the daily routine in her foster home. She settles best at night in her own dedicated space – in her foster home she sleeps in a little secure area behind a stair gate. Once put to bed, she sleeps well through the night. 

People

Arlo has formed a very close bond with her foster parents and really enjoys their company and affection. She is always spoiled with lots of intermittent cuddle sessions in the run up to bedtime. She enjoys playing with enrichment and other toys with her foster parents and is a very clever girl. She is a big fan of garden zoomies!

She is still a little unsure of whether or not she needs to protect her food (high value treats) from people and so her adopters should be willing to help her understand that she doesn’t need to worry about this. This is something that can be easily worked on with the help of a trainer or behaviourist.

Arlo does have some fears as a result of her past and so, after a couple of weeks in her new home, she displayed signs of fear when strangers (particularly men) knocked on the house door or entered her foster home and would bark and growl at them. We organised for a fantastic behaviourist to visit her and her foster family and he has helped to put in place a management plan and achievable goals for her foster parents which has already made a significant difference. Her foster parents now know how to help her feel more safe and to calm her in these scenarios. More often than not she now ignores knocks at the door and, when people come into the house, she now responds to commands from her foster parents and settles quite quickly. On occasion she has been tense/nervous in other environments when people (particularly men) she doesn’t know well enter or walk past her and will start barking but in these circumstances she has responded well to her foster parents settling her down again.

Outside of the house she is generally very good meeting people, new or already known. She currently attends daycare at at 2 different facilities each week and does well during these days with everyone there. She is friendly to strangers on walks.

Dogs

Arlo does well with other dogs. She thoroughly enjoys her days at daycare during the week and reports from the staff have been very positive. 

On walks she will greet other dogs and has done well meeting resident dogs at the homes of friends/family of her foster parents too.

Arlo hasn’t displayed any signs of difficulty sharing toys with other dogs in her foster home. She does find it difficult to have high value treats around other dogs – she worries they will be taken away – and so her adoptive family should be understanding of this and willing to help her learn that she does not need to protect her food anymore.

 

Walks

Generally, Arlo walks well on the lead (particularly a longline) and walks nicely next to her foster parents. She can pull on the lead when excited but, once reminded, she will calm down. She currently has two walks per day and this seems to be sufficient for her energy levels.

She is a little nervous of traffic. This is something that she has become more comfortable with during her time in foster. She is still a little unsure when traffic passes her from behind but she just needs gentle reassurance that she does not need to worry.

She is learning what natural water sources (rivers etc.) and bridges are. She was nervous of these at first but will now happily investigate/cross over them if given space to do so at her own pace. 

Arlo does have a strong prey drive and so does get excited around squirrels, rabbits and other small furries. She does not bark at these animals but likes to stare at them and will need encouragement moving on from watching them.

Training

The behaviourist that has been working with Arlo and her foster parents can continue to help support Arlo settling into her new home. He travels for appointments and has given advice on her diet and mental stimulation as well as management of fears.

Ideal adopter and home

Arlo’s ideal adopter is someone with prior rescue dog experience and prior experience training a dog who is willing to and financially able to continue her training and working through her fears. They will also be willing and financially able to keep sending her to daycare because she loves this and it really helps her confidence and happiness. They will live in a semi-rural/rural environment and have a garden for her to enjoy zoomies in!

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