Phil came in to the shelter from the pound. As he is a stray there is no history surrounding him, however, we suspect he came from a working background but failed to make the grade.
He is a nervous boy who takes along time to gain the trust of someone. Since he is young he has the potential to come out of his shell as he has shown this to us with his dramatic improvements since arriving. He will never be a outgoing extrovert type of dog. But if someone is accepting of his lack of confidence he will flourish.
Although, Phil is nervous of new people, he is quite the opposite with other dogs. He is a real flirt. They help him conquer the world and give him the confidence to do anything. Therefore we are looking to rehome him with another dog.
Although Phil has never been walked before he is quite gentle to walk and doesn’t pull, unless he sees a tasty looking rabbit.
Phil has actually experiences the life in a home recently on a trial period. He did really well. He really benefited from the other dog in the home learning where and when to do his business outside. How and when to relax. Where to sleep at bedtime. How to go for walks in the big scary outside world. Phil has made us all really proud in his ability to do so much more than we ever though possible so soon.
Check out my blog to see how i have progressed since being here: https://www.wars.org.uk/meet-phil.php
Phil loves other dogs, he reads their behaviour to know if the outside world is as scary as he believes it is. They really help him therefore we are looking for a home with another suitable dog. Although he wouldn’t be able to live with a cat.
Phil needs to be in an adult only calm home where he can leave to become the dog he wants to be. This adult only home will need to be willing to help train him and not leave him for more than 3 hours.
We are looking for a home that understand Phil will spend some time adjusting and this requires patience, it wont just happen over night.
Lurchers are crossbreeds so their temperaments and behaviours can be influenced by other breed traits. He, like many Lurcher types may have a strong prey drive so it’s important that this is channeled in the right way. This can be through playing chasing games with toys and having fluffy toys that replicate what they would usually chase. Instead of trying to stop them chasing wildlife, you should facilitate that need but through a desired way, using toys.
Using toys like this can help with this https://www.amazon.co.uk/ANG-Braided-Outdoor-Interective-Training/dp/B0171F11BS?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_1