Approx 4 months, Male, Size: Expected Medium/Large (Lab size)
Will arrived with us at the beginning of October. He arrived with his siblings 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. Will is still nervous of new people, he is much more friendly towards people he knows but he does not want lots of handling or forced interaction. He is happier to come for some tickles and then entertain himself with a treat or toy. In a home we do believe this will change in time and he will become attached to his people and become a love-bug.
Will has been sharing a kennel with different dogs to see how he would cope living with another dog. Will has been shy with the other dogs but has potential to live with a medium-large female dog.
Will will require training and socialisation when he can walk on a lead or be handled by his owners. He does not know any commands at the moment and is still learning how to interact with other dogs. He needs to learn what interaction is appropriate and what is not which he will only get from training and socialising him. All puppy owners are expected to seek this as part of their contract.
He is a gorgeous pup that has a lot of potential. He 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. He is being introduced to a lead but is not ready for walks just yet.
Romanian puppies will display typical 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. Will will need someone around in the home more, and he must be worked up to being left which may take a while.
He is under assessment with cats.
As he is beginning to enjoy affection from people he does have potential with children, however, younger children will be too much for him. He requires a home with children over the age of 12 that are quieter and sensible. Louder children could very-easily knock Will's confidence.