Holly is a 5 year old Poodle cross (we aren't sure what with, she is small only weighing 7.5kg). She is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated and will be rehomed with 5 weeks free pet insurance.
Unfortunately this is the third time that Holly has found herself in the care of Wonky Pets. Originally she was handed to us when she was just a year old after being passed from home to home where she got more and more anxious and bit in every home. Sadly just recently Holly was again signed into rescue due to her bite history and despite us then thinking we have found the right home she bounced back again after being allowed into places we had said not to
She needs a calm, patient and experienced owner who has the time and experience to bring out the best in this lovely girl.
Holly can be nervous around new people and it takes her a while until she feels that she can trust anyone. You need to be completely hands off with her initially until she chooses to interact with you (meaning days not hours), however, once she has gained that trust, she is very much a lovable little character who enjoys exploring and being with her humans, but equally loves her own space and THIS IS WHERE IT GOES WRONG FOR PEOPLE. She cannot be treated as a "normal" dog and allowed on the sofa with you, on the bed etc - she will bite when you move if she is allowed in YOUR space Given her own chair, raised bed etc and shown that that is HER safe space removed this issue, sadly people cant seem to stick to this which is where the problems arise.
Holly adores playing with toys. Balls are her absolute favourite, she’ll play fetch all day long if you have the time and the energy to keep up with her! When you’re having a rest from throwing the ball, she will quite happily entertain herself with rope and rubber toys, however, they usually end up in a million pieces!
It is evident that Holly has some resource guarding issues, however during her time with the fosterers she has only become aggressive around very high value natural treats like pigs ears and bones, and this has been to warn the other dogs away. She should not be allowed long lasting treats. Holly does respond well to a very firm ‘no’ by moving away and taking herself off to a quieter spot.
There was been occasions where Holly has been startled or stroked when she hasn’t wanted it, and she has become aggressive. She does give plenty of warnings before she attempts to bite, she will show her teeth and give a high pitched growl. It is important that her new owners understand this behaviour completely and can carry on managing it with positive training techniques going forward. Challenging a nervous dog will only result in a bite.
It is very important that Holly is given an area or two around the home that are specifically for her. She feels much more secure when she has her own space, especially when she’s tired. The rule that the fosterers have followed is ‘when she goes to her space, leave her alone’. Disturbing her while she’s resting or wanting to be alone will only result in one thing… a bite! She sleeps downstairs with other dogs here with no issues.
Holly has some anxieties with being groomed, at least until she feels comfortable around the person grooming her. As she has a coat that needs to be brushed and clipped regularly, this is something that Holly has to get used to. Her fosterers have been working hard an desensitising her to the grooming processes and her new owners will have to be willing to put in the time to brushing her regularly at home, however it’s recommended that she’s given time to settle in first and find trust in her new owners first.
Holly loves exploring in the garden, and gets herself into the smallest of spaces, she loves playing in water. She walks well on the lead and has a good recall. She will need a home who can provide her with lots of exercise, either on or off the lead. Holly doesn’t just need physical exercise, she also needs mental stimulation. She loves ‘finding things’ and foraging about. She is ok to be left alone for a short time but wouldn’t be happy being left for long periods of time without any stimulation.
As cute and fluffy as Holly is, she isn’t a dog who appreciates cuddles. Once she gains trust in you, she will climb up you and give you a kiss and want a quick fuss but as soon as she’s had enough she will put her tail down and begin to look for a ‘way out’. At this point, she needs to be left alone otherwise she will snap and show her teeth.
Holly has been good with all the other dogs in foster and will really need another neutered dog in her new home for company as she hasn't been an only dog before. She cannot live with cats.
Unfortunately due to her bite history she cannot be rehomed with children or where there are regular visiting small children, she will suit a home with just or two very experienced adults.
We are looking for a very dog savvy home who can demonstrate that they understand dog body language, behaviours and most of all will not put Holly under so much pressure or in situations where she feels that she has no alternative to react and bite. If you’re looking for a little cute, fluffy dog who you can cuddle and are thinking she won’t bite me because I’ll love her, then this girl isn’t for you. Experience of living with a dog who has bitten and has some guarding issues is desired.
She is currently being fostered in Swadlincote, Derbys but can be rehomed further afield subject to homecheck and donation of £250.
If you have the relevant experience and are willing to put in the time and effort, not give up on her BUT most importantly LISTEN TO AND ACT ON THE INSTRUCTIONS WE GIVE YOU in order to live happily with this girl then please email us telling us all about your home offer and contact details to email@example.com