Approx 4 months, Female, Size: Expected Medium/Large
Mary arrived with us at the beginning of October. She arrived with her 3 brothers and all were extremely frightened of people and avoided contact with people for the first few days. They were much more interested in one another and other dogs.
The staff and volunteers have been working on socialising them with people and getting them used to handling which has made a positive impact. Mary is still nervous of new people, she is much more friendly towards people she knows but she does not want lots of handling or forced interaction. She is happier to come for some tickles and then entertain herself with a treat or toy. In a home we do believe this will change in time and she will become attached to her people and become a love-bug.
Mary has been sharing a kennel with different dogs to see how she would cope living with another dog. She started to show us that she was uncomfortable with other dogs approaching her bed or coming too close to her. She has since been kennelled alone and seems to be more relaxed. Therefore she would benefit from a dog-free home, however, Mary MUST be taken to dog socialisation sessions when she can walk on lead or be handled, Mary is still learning how to play with other dogs and if she does not learn appropriate play around other dogs she could become frightened of interacting with them. Her owner is expected to seek dog socilisation to help Mary's confidence around other dogs. We are still continuing to introduce her to dogs at the centre, but this has to be continued in the home.
She is a gorgeous pup that has a lot of potential. She is currently teething and in the process of losing her baby teeth so will need toys of different textures and consistencies to chew on in the home. She is being introduced to a lead but is not ready for walks just yet.
Romanian puppies will display typicall puppy behaviours - having no manners, require toilet training, jumping up, chewing, struggling to be left alone and they will also display street-dog behaviour due to their lineage. A puppy adopter must be prepared to have lots of up's and down's as the dog settles.
Puppies cannot be left alone for any longer than 2-3 hours at this stage. Puppies need companionship as well as frequent toilet breaks whilst their bladders are still very small. Mary will need someone around in the home more, and she must be worked up to being left which may take a while.
She is under assessment with cats.
As she is beginning to enjoy affection from people she does have potential with children, however, younger children will be too much for her. She requires a home with children over the age of 12 that are quieter and sensible. Louder children could very-easily knock Mary's confidence.