Reference: 19/200 Approx Age: 1 year
I'm unsure of what's expected of me.
Hamish is a young, anxious boy who has been quite isolated in his first home and he can be unsettled with new things and close contact. He is sensitive to peoples’ emotions and doesn’t deal with anxiety well. Hamish likes his space and can feel the need to guard areas he feels are his safe areas. Toys and treats are of high value to him too, so need help he hasn’t been great when meeting new dogs or people when he is out and about and he has snapped at adults in the house when he was uncomfortable. Hamish has previously lived with another small dog without any issues but he isn’t good with cats and he would probably prefer to be an only pet. He is very toy focused and loves to play, he is good at travelling. Hamish needs to go back to basic with house training. He would benefit from basic training once he has settled.
Hamish was brought into the centre due to his owner’s ill health. He was re-homed after being at the centre for a short period of time but unfortunately he wasn’t the right match for his new owner and he was brought in for re-homing. Hamish was then rehomed for only a few days but returned for biting the adopters when he wouldn't move of the table he was on or give up a tissue he had in his mouth.
Hamish needs a patient, adult only home with an experienced owner who can read dog body language well. He will need time to adapt to change and if Hamish feels worried and has not learned alternative responses to perceived threats he may snap. His next adopter must be able to recognise his signals and provide him with the space he requires to help him feel less threatened. His next owner must understand that Hamish will snap if he feels he is in a confrontational situation such as being asked to move from somewhere he values as his. In order to help him overcome this, it is important to exchange items for something of equal or higher value in order to reduce his stress and eliminates the possibility of aggression. This will take ongoing training using positive reward based methods only. He will need help with touch training to overcome any negative associates he has with this already.