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Forever Home Wanted

Name: Winnie

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FOREVER HOME WANTED

I am looking for Winnie’s happy ever after.

She is an 18 month old working cocker, ideally a dog free home or home with a calmer older dog as she would thrive on the attention .

She is such a lovely girl, happy to chill or cuddle up with you after her walk.

She will make a very welcome addition

FOSTER LOCATION

Essex CO6 ( meet and greet applies )

NAME OF DOG

Winnie

BREED OF DOG

Working cocker spaniel

SEX OF DOG

Female

COLOUR OF DOG

Orange and white

CURRENT WEIGHT

11.5kg

AGE OR DOB OF DOG

unknown roughly 18 months old

SPAYED

Not yet – last season 10/1/24

DISTINGUISHING MARKINGS

Mainly orange coat with various white blobs

DATE OF LAST WORM TREATMENT

20.1.2024

DATE OF LAST FLEA/TICK TREATMENT

20.1.2024

IS DOG CURRENTLY ON ANY MEDICATION? IF SO PLEASE GIVE DETAILS.

No health problems

IS THE DOG GOOD WITH PEOPLE?

Can be shy at first, needs to get to know you and then is very cuddly and loves to share a sofa with you. She will try to lay as close to you as possible and lean on you.

HAS THE DOG BEEN IN CONTACT WITH CHILDREN?

Grandchildren in previous home, but did not get on well with them, but not while at foster home. Was fostered based on incident with the grandchild where she lunged at them but did not make contact.

COULD LIVE WITH CHILDREN - No

IS THE DOG AFRAID OF OR REACTIVE TO WOMEN? MEN? OTHER DOGS? OTHER ANIMALS? HOUSEHOLD ITEMS? THUNDER/LOUD NOISES? ANYTHING ELSE?

Reactive to people initially within the crate or if she has any high value treats in the crate. Has on one occasion guarded a toy from another of our dogs, so no toys are down now and we have no issues.

Was lunging at all people and dogs when out but is no longer doing this, very easily redirected or distracted.

Fine with the hoover and other household items, will bark at loud noises. She used to bark at anyone outside the window. We live on a main road with lots of people walking past she tends not to bark at any of them.

IS THE DOG GOOD WITH ALL OTHER DOGS?

She is very curious of other dogs and will put her face in theirs, we have a very tolerant spaniel which she has sniffed all over and our other spaniel has attempted to lie with her but she does not know what to do. When we picked her up, family had a 12 week old cocker and they were loose together in the house and playing. She has regularly been on group walks and to dog classes without lunging at other dogs. She will bark if another dog barks at her first but will stop if told no. She will correct other dogs when fearful and is loud when doing so. Outside she is more cautious of other dogs and used to bark and lunge at them, she is no longer lunging and won’t bark if distracted.

HOW DOES THE DOG NORMALLY INTERACT WITH OTHER DOGS?

When out for her walk, on lead, she can bark at other dogs, but is easily distracted and no longer lunging on the lead at other dogs. Will move if you turn away or distract with a treat.

In the house, she is very interested and will follow the other dogs around, likes to play with one of our spaniels and will stop the game naturally or will tell the other dog when she has had enough appropriately. Not always keen on them sniffing her bum.

HOW DOES THE DOG REACT TO CATS?

Not tested.

IS THE DOG RELIABLY HOUSETRAINED?

Yes

CRATE TRAINED?

Sleeps in a crate at night and when we go out.

We are working on the crate training, at the moment when we go out she has a blanket over it and that appears to help settle her. Otherwise she will bark when we are out (we have a camera set up and she will respond to us talking over the camera to ask her to stop).

This needs building up slowly and her barking is getting better. We have tried kongs / things to keep her busy when we go out but sometimes these have been left uneaten.

This tends to be worst when she hasn’t done a lot that day eg no scentwork, brain games, walk.

IS THE DOG RELIABLE AT DOORS/GATES OR PRONE TO BOLTING?

Worked hard on thresholds and will wait to enter and exit the house, but may bolt if off lead (have not tried it). Will run in from the garden and struggles to sit to come in but will sit before going out to the back garden.

HOW IS THE DOG ON A LEAD?

Lots of work on lead walking, will loose lead walk for very brief periods. Otherwise will pull on a collar or harness. Training is ongoing.

RECALL:

Not been off lead in foster but does reliably recall on a long line.

DOES THE DOG HAVE SEPARATION ANXIETY?

She has been known to howl when we go out but not every time. The longest she has been left is 4hrs.

IS THE DOG AGGRESSIVE WITH FOOD? TOYS?

We don’t have toys around the floor due to one occasion of growling at another of our dogs over a toy.

HAS THE DOG EVER BITTEN ANYONE?

We were initially informed on her ad on the SARR facebook for foster that she had bitten a child. When we picked her up family said she had lunged at a 3 year old when Winnie was sat next to the owner and the three year old ran to her grandma but had not made any contact. They also reported that the child would pull on her ears and tail and she had once growled at the child because the child took something out of her mouth.

DOES THE DOG HAVE ANY BAD OR UNUSUAL HABITS?

No

DOG'S FEEDING ROUTINE:

Two times a day. Currently on millies wolfheart kibble.

Will have some kibble saved as treats throughout the day for training.

Will occasionally have high value treats in her crate such as a piece of beef lung but has been known to growl when the crate is approached. This has reduced since she has been in foster but still happens on the occasion.

WHERE DOES THE DOG SPEND THE DAY?

In the dining room/lounge when with us or within her crate in between training / walks / play.

WHERE DOES THE DOG SPEND THE NIGHT?

Crated in the dining room.

WHERE DOES THE DOG SPEND TIME IF LEFT ALONE IN THE HOUSE

Left free in the dining room if for a very short period or in her crate if longer.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S PREFERED BEDDING AND PLACE TO SLEEP.

During the day will sleep on the sofa if allowed or in a dog bed in the dining room.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S CURRENT EXERCISE ROUTINE:

Wife is a dog walker and so she goes out daily with her to do training / go on a group walk to learn to be neutral around other dogs. On weekends we mix a walk of an hour – two with training or play, scentwork and general obedience. We are doing scentwork with her at home, which she has picked up instantly.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S ENERGY LEVELS.

Still a puppy really at a year and a half so is typically a busy spaniel.

NEEDS A LOT OF EXERCISE/TRAINING/STIMULATION?

She likes to do things throughout the day such as play ball in the garden or a bit of training. Once she has done some training such as 10 min of scentwork she will settle down for an hour or two but she likes to keep busy and will struggle to settle / pace if she has not used her brain enough. Loves to play fetch with 2 balls as she doesn't like to drop the first one but will if a 2nd is thrown.

HAPPY TO SLEEP THE DAY AWAY WITH REGULAR EXERCISE.

Yes with exercise and using her brain.

HOW IS THE DOG WITH GROOMING? DESCRIBE HOW HE COPES WITH BRUSHING, NAILS, BATHING ETC.

Likes to be brushed but does a lot of wriggling, has had nails done by us. She will tolerate this if being given primula as it happens. Does not particularly like ears being looked into.

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S BEST QUALITIES, THE THINGS THAT MAKE HER SPECIAL.

She is a wonderful loving dog that is eager to please and seeks out love and affection.

She genuinely has a place in our hearts but it would be selfish to keep her with us because she needs to have someone that can work on her separation anxiety and we don’t realistically have the time to do that with 5 dogs and full time jobs. She is happy when with my wife in the van (she is a dog walker, with a temperature controlled van) but if she is not going on the walks, we don’t feel it safe to leave her in the van given the recent case of Vixen (although she does settle and doesn’t bark in it).

DESCRIBE THE DOG'S IDEAL HOME, WHAT KIND OF FAMILY WOULD HE SUIT, AND WHERE WOULD SHE BE HAPPIEST.

Somewhere that is not as busy as having 4 other working dogs who all go to work and are high energy (pet-gundogs/with my wife dog walking). She would prefer to be alone or have a calmer tolerant dog that can really lead by example and show her the ropes.

She would love someone that could continue her scentwork / training or look at her getting into agility or flyball or something that will require her to use her brain as she is a young spaniel with a lot of energy. Equally, she may make the perfect scent detection dog / working dog in the right environment.

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