Age: 1-2 years old
Breed: Mixed breed
Have I been spayed? Yes
Energy needs? Medium
Can she live with children? She would prefer a home without children.
Can she live with dogs? We would prefer her to live with another dog to give her confidence.
Can she live with cats? She has not been tested with cats and she likes to chase small furries on walks.
Where will she travel from? She is in foster care in UK (South East).
Raven was born on the streets in Turkey. Some of her siblings were poisoned by locals and Raven was one of four surviving siblings. We took her and one of her siblings in (another charity took in the remaining 2 siblings) because they were at risk of more violence from locals.
Raven is a good-natured and loving girl who bonds closely with her family if initially given time and patience. She is instinctively shy at first. As was the case in her foster home, she will likely spend the first couple of days at a distance from her adopters, choosing to be alone and quietly observing. With gentle, positive, encouragement she will start to come out of her shell and, once she does, will love to be with her adopters as much as possible, enjoying cuddles.
When strangers visit her foster home, she copes well with this. She takes confidence from her foster family’s existing dogs and tends to follow them up to strangers hoping for a snack.
Raven enjoys the company of other dogs, particularly once she has settled in and bonded with them. She will take a short while to be fully confident around her adopters existing dog(s) but, once comfortable, enjoys playing chase and wrestling on the sofa. We believe she will do best in a home with a calm existing dog or two to help give her confidence.
Whilst Raven has not shown any evident guarding behaviour in her foster home, her foster family have been feeding her separately to their existing dogs, as we would advise. Her adopters should take the same approach and slowly integrate her with their new dogs at feeding time with the guidance of a behaviourist if necessary. We suggest this approach for all dogs.
Raven is easy to manage on walks. She walks well on the lead and tends to stick close to her family as she takes reassurance from being close to them when hearing noises or seeing new people and dogs. Having been nervous greeting new dogs on walks at first, she is now happy to approach them calmly to sniff and greet them. She can be spooked on walks by noises, fast moving people/vehicles and unfamiliar objects. Her adopters will need to walk her in quiet areas where she can relax and not be too overwhelmed and frightened. In time she will gain confidence as she has been doing in her foster home.
She has plenty of energy to burn and needs a good walk each day – her foster home have been giving her at least 1.5 hours of exercise per day.
Her foster family have been working on training her to recall and she has been doing very well with this. Her adopters will need to continue to work on this.
As long as she has had a good amount of exercise, she is very well behaved in the house.
She hasn’t displayed a tendency to be destructive in the home.
Raven is used to sleeping upstairs in her foster home with her foster parents and their existing dogs (in beds on the floor). If her adopters do not want her to be with them at night, they will need to be understanding that she might need a little time to adjust to being downstairs but this shouldn’t be a hugely difficult transition for her if her adopters have a confident, existing dog who can help her to feel comfortable.
She hasn’t had any accidents in her foster home and will signal when she needs the toilet by standing near the exit to the garden. Her adopters should be prepared for her to need toilet training as this can change in a new environment.
She knows her name well and is very intelligent – she picks things up quickly. She also loves food and treats and so should be receptive to food as a reward.
Raven will do best in a rural/semi-rural location where she can take her time gaining confidence and getting used to sounds, sights and smells that a typical companion dog would be used to. She could live in a less rural location if her adopters are willing to drive to rural/semi-rural locations to walk her. She would love a good sized garden and would enjoy being outdoors with her adopters when they are working out/gardening/doing DIY etc.
She will be happiest with at least one other dog in the house to help show her the ropes and reassure her. Equally, she will need her adopters to be home most of the time (i.e. not working in an office all week). She is not used to being left alone at home for more than an hour or so and will need patience from her adopters in building up to being left for any longer than that.
We ask that all of our adopters connect with a suitably experienced behaviourist prior to the arrival of their dog so that they have someone they can turn to for professional support if needed. It is invaluable to have this set up from the get go.
The most important thing we are looking for in applications for any of our dogs is a clear commitment to them, understanding that their behaviour can change and the promise to support them through it all.