Rocky is a 6yr old yellow Labrador, he is neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated and will be rehomed with 5 weeks free pet insurance.
Rocky came to us from the pound after being picked up as a very underweight stray, sadly no one claimed him. It quickly became apparent that Rocky had some issues with his vision which has been further assessed by our vets and whilst with us. The vets could find nothing physically wrong with his eyes, he needs no treatment and he can see absolutely fine to find his way around and run around but it seems he has more peripheral vision as he doesn't seem to be able to
focus on things that are immediately in front of him.
Rocky is a loving boy, he is a typical waggy tailed, over exuberant lab who loves people and getting lots of attention, he has clearly had no input in his former situation as he arrived knowing no basic commands and would jump up continuously and mouth pretty hard. This has been worked on and he is so much better now but coming into a new stimulating environment this may well be triggered again so new owners need to be prepared to continue the work that has been put in and encourage him to be calm around greeting people. He is a clever lad who is very eager to learn.
He absolutely LOVES his walks and he walks really well on the lead, he is strong at first but soon settles down. His recall isn't great so he stays on a long line so he can still have freedom to run around but can do so safely. He travels really well in the car and enjoys going on different adventures taking in new smells.
He was clearly not fed properly before being found as he was very underweight, being a lab and totally food focused this has meant that he holds food in very high regard now! He will go rummaging in bins if he gets the chance and try taking food from the side, he inhales his meals which he looks forward to with gusto and is fed in a crate (which he runs straight into at meal times) as he does have some food
possession issues as he lacked proper nourishment for a while. He is left to eat his food in peace and once completely finished and settled, asked to come out of the crate before his empty bowl is retrieved safely. He 100% would react if anyone were to reach near him with his food around.
Due to his sight issues Rocky can be very grabby when taking toys or treats and we have been working on teaching calming cues and playing find it games using his nose to hunt out treats which worked well, he has also shown some resource guarding behaviours around some toys and anything he may steal from the bin etc but is easily distracted with a treat but its something that new owners need to be aware of and handle correctly, we will talk serious applicants through this in detail.
Rocky lives with another female lab at the moment and they get on absolutely fine together, he could happily share his new home with another spayed female dog, he could also be an only dog with plenty of human company as he doesn't really seek the other dog out to play with he is more interested in human company. He also lives with dog savvy cats and he has been fine with them as long as they stand their ground and put him in his place. Due to his resource guarding at times any
resident children would need to be older and dog savvy, aged 14yrs plus.
Rocky loves a cuddle on the sofa in the evening and sleeps downstairs quietly at night with no issues, he is housetrained. He needs a home with someone who can give him plenty of time, walks and attention and where he isn't left alone for long periods of time. You will need to have a nice secure garden for him to play in.
Being fostered in Northampton but can be rehomed further afield subject to homecheck and adoption donation of £250.
If you have the time and experience to offer gorgeous Rocky the forever home he needs please email us telling us all about your home offer (including full address and contact number) to firstname.lastname@example.org