Section One

Name Leo
Age 8 Years, 13/02/2012
Sex Male
Location Near Norwich, Norfolk
Neutered Yes
Microchipped Yes
Tail Long

Section Two

people People Status Good, although does occasionally guard fosterer
dog Dog Status Good. Is reported as not being good with un-neutered males although this has not been seen in foster
cat Cat Status Not good with small furries or birds
handling Handling (Grooming) Fosterer can pat all over and has cut mats out of hair but he came with a warning that he needs muzzling at the vet and groomer (this may depend on the groomer as he was fine with fosterers groomer)
travel Travel Good
home Home Alone Not very good, has mild separation anxiety. Can be left for up to one hour only
house training House Training Excellent
training Training Ok, but off lead is not good
health Health Good overall. Leo has a broken tooth that does not bother him. He also has had investigations for a cruciate problem. The right leg is fine but the left is showing very early signs that the cruciate may be fraying and he has a luxating patella on the left knee. Xrays have been taken and the vet said neither problem needs correctional surgery at present. The vet also advised that Leo should not have vigorous or extended exercise. He is currently walked twice a day on a long lead, an hour in the morning and half an hour or so in the afternoon and this is fine.

 

Other Comments: We have been fostering Leo since the 21st March (Lockdown Leo is his nickname, amongst others!) and have seen a few changes in him but he still has a bit of a way to go. Leo is an anxious and unsure lad and will therefore need someone who can be both caring and confident at the same time. He needs definite boundaries but not an authoritarian hand. He has mild separation anxiety, which has improved in foster and he can now be left for up to an hour, but we have him sleeping upstairs with us as once he starts a bark on he is a bit relentless. There are guarding issues over the bed, towards my husband but not me, and not all the time. The occasional guarding of me during the day has now subsided and he is, and always has been, more than happy to cuddle up to both or either of us at any other time of the day. The guarding will need to be managed and is where he requires the most confident, but not dominant, handling. He is very food oriented which will help with this going forward. He is a counter surfer and, because he is a tall boy, he is quite successful! He is our first foster to find where the food is kept... He has a bit of a bird obsession, and with the cat (not in a good way!), but is scared of cattle. He is in foster with 3 other dogs but is not that keen on sharing his humans. He is fine with the Springer, is dominant towards the Lab X and has squabbles with the Cocker (who is a bitch and top dog). He could be rehomed with a confident dog but would need to be introduced properly to understand he needs to earn his place. We do not know what he is like with children so I would recommend teenage or older due to his guarding tendancies. He isn’t a ‘quick fix’ dog but has an awful lot to give in the right home. Do not be put off by his age, he has plenty of get up and go!

Area Coordinator Comments: Leo will be rehomed on a support contract whereby ESSW will help with the costs of hydrotherapy to strengthen the muscles around Leo’s knees. ESSW would also consider a long term foster arrangement.

Section Three

Area Coordinator email
Rebecca Downie rebecca@essw.co.uk
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