💙 BOBBY 💙
Breed: Boxer X
Gender: De-sexed Male
Age: 2.5 Years (D.O.B- 17.01.2017)
Arrived at the refuge: 22.01.2019
FOSTER CARER NEEDED
Over the last several weeks, a group of dedicated volunteers and staff have been working with Bobby to keep his active mind stimulated and improve his confidence. On the advice of a dog behaviourist, we have put daily strategies into place to help Bobby cope within the shelter environment. When Bobby first arrived at the Refuge, he was scared and unsure of the world around him. Due to his timid behaviour, he would sometimes retreat to the back of his pen when new people would come to see him, particularly men. As a result, he has been frequently overlooked and become one of our long term dogs that is still waiting for his special someone to come along.
Although much loved and cared for, sometimes certain dogs can find the kennel environment very challenging to adapt to and in Bobby’s case, he had reached a high level of arousal which was affecting his behaviour. To help reduce his level of stress and regain some calm, we relocated him to a quieter area of the Refuge, where he could focus on being a dog and we could create a more stable surroundings for him. To improve his confidence, we have gradually increased his exposure to different people, noises and activities. He has come along in leaps and bounds and to see him first thing in the morning, big smile, tail wagging and frolicking to the gate to greet you, ready for his next adventure, is just heart melting! 💗💗
As much as we love him, we would love it even more if we could find him a Foster Carer. Bobby is an active and playful lad, so we would be looking for someone who has the time to dedicate to exercising and interacting with him on a daily basis, to continue building his confidence. We would also be offering training guidance from an accredited dog trainer, to help settle him in and put practices into place to continue improving his behaviour. Based on the assessment completed by the dog behaviourist, training in obedience is vital for Bobby and placing him in a home with other dogs is not recommended at this stage.
Due to his exuberant behaviour at times, it has also been advised that Bobby would be best suited to a home of adults with older children 13+ years.
A yard inspection would be required, with Bobby needing a secure area with high fencing.
This beautiful boy is so deserving of his second chance. Is there anyone out there that may be able to help him to begin the next chapter in his life?
Please PM our facebook page, email us or drop by the Refuge Office, if you think you may be able to make a difference in Bobby’s life.