Does the animal have rescue back up?: Yes
Location: Swindon, Wiltshire
Type/Breed/Variety: Shih Tzu
Age(s): 1 year
Colours: White and light brown
Reason for rehoming: Hand in
Temperament: Sweet but had bad start in life so can be fearful
Medical problems: None known
Neutering - Where applicable, animals should be neutered unless for medical reasons. Can this be guaranteed?: Yes
Has the animal been assessed?: Good with confident cats and teenagers
Alby is a handsome 1 year old Shih Tzu looking for a home that understands his needs and can offer him the loving, patient home he needs and where his training can be continued.
Here's what Alby's fosterer has to say about him:
"Alby is a sweet and funny boy with a quirky and adorable little character. He has lots of plus points. He loves cuddles and is very affectionate. He really enjoys his walks. Is funny and makes me and his previous fosterers laugh lots. He walks fantastically well on a lead. Has a great sit and good recall. He loves off lead time.
He's not had a good start in life which has left him with a few insecurities which comes out in resource guarding with people and dogs. He is insecure around other dogs. Nothing nasty in it but he will be a bit vocal about things so this needs some work in a positive way that will build up positive associations.
His resource guarding again needs work but he is very responsive to work and building a trusting bond will help with this. I after just two weeks can sit by his food bowl and hand feed him chicken inbetween him taking mouthfuls from his bowl and the same when I give him a long lasting treat. However because of these issues he is not suitable to go to a home with kids or other dogs. He does however seem happy enough around cats and has even snuggled up with them.
He will be much happier in a home without other dogs, he really is just lacking confidence around them and wants someone all to himself. Which given a pretty rubbish start is understandable.
While he is happy with cuddles and handling all over by someone he trusts and enjoys a nice gentle groom, the vet and groomer are not included in the list of people he trusts (I don't blame him), so this will need work gently too."
If you think you can offer Alby the home he needs where he can get good regular walks and have his current training continued, please get in touch.
Alby is on foster in Wiltshire near Swindon but we home across the UK. He has been castrated, microchipped and vaccinated.
Alby can live with confident cats and only children aged from teenage upwards. He'd like to be the only dog in his new home.
If you have any questions about this lovely little boy then please do ask.
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