Reference: 20/001 Approx Age: 7 years
Unsure and looking for clear, consistent guidance.
This gorgeous boy is uncomfortable with close contact. It takes him a while to feel confident with people and appears to bond quicker to men. Sandy likes his space and has not been used to sharing his space with other animals. He is an active boy who can be strong on lead. Despite living with children, Sandy was not comfortable with them and is looking for a home with adults only. Sandy is housetrained but can have have accidents if he is anxious. He will need help to get used to the car and with the right approach, will make a good companion.
Sandy was brought in for rehoming as his family could not cope with his behaviour as he will snap if he feels confronted.
Given that he has had mixed guidance in his previous home (e.g being allowed on the sofa, then being told off for being on it) we can gain insight into why he is unsure and can act in a defensive manner. He will therefore need consistent guidance from his next owners using positive reward based training. Sandy is not comfortable with close contact. His owner must therefore be able to recognises his signals and know not to push him out with his comfort zone. Sandy appears motivated by tennis balls so we can use this as a tool for motivating desired behaviour such encouraging him off the sofa and rewarding with his ball. A quiet home without children is essential for Sandy. Sandy would benefit from Touch Training and muzzle training.