The problem that has caused Nero to need a new home has been a pet hate of mine for years! People with loose dogs who shout “he’s ok, he loves other dogs” as their hound is bounding towards the face of the dog that I have on a lead! When I have a dog on a lead it is usually because it is a nervous foster dog (or Mack) the last thing they need is to be bound to me while a strange dog gets in their face. The way I deal with loose dogs running at us is to position myself between the oncoming woofer and my dog,after all I am supposed to be the leader so I should be the protector.
Indy almost never goes on a lead but he has been taught that he doesn’t approach other dogs unless he is told to, he is not a genius, it just took a little work to make him 100% reliable. When Luca was alive he was safe up to 50 metres but after that he went deaf if there was a dog he wanted to meet, the answer? I called him back before he got to 50 metres.
If you can help with Nero, contact Black Retriever x as soon as possible via the contact details at the bottom of the posting.
We very urgently need a foster home for Nero, who we rehomed a few weeks ago to a lovely home in Beaconsfield. Sadly, his new family called last night to say that they want to return him because he’d gone for a spaniel when out on a walk yesterday evening. The spaniel was not injured but unfortunately dad Jason got hurt trying to prise Nero’s jaws off the other dog’s ear (Nero didn’t bite Jason, but his teeth scraped the top of his knuckles and he has a very sore hand this morning).
Nero has never, EVER shown any aggression at all towards other dogs before (indeed he shares his current home with a male flatcoat to whom he defers) and he has been universally great on and off lead.
We are pretty sure the incident was due to a combination of factors – first that the spaniel invaded Nero’s space when he was on a lead (he came right up to him); second that dad Jason had asked Nero to sit (not always the best option if a dog sees another one as a threat), and, most importantly, that Nero was neutered just a month ago. It is pretty common to see blips in behaviour immediately after neutering as hormone levels settle. They often resolve completely.
Nero let go of the other dog when Jason smacked him on the muzzle, and was immediately just fine – no continuing aggression.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to reassure the family that this may never repeat and that we can take measures to a) understand it and b) work to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Any aggression is a deal-breaker for them and they don’t feel able to cope with Nero. Of course at the end of the day we absolutely have to respect that, although I am gutted for Nero who has clearly been so happy there – and for the family too, as they have put a lot of time and work into him.
So I need to move him. And really urgently as they don’t feel able to walk him and, having made the decision, want him moved sooner rather than later.
Nero is a two year old black retriever x boy. He came into rescue because he was being left for long hours by an owner who decided she hated the dog. She used to whack him when he jumped up when she came home – and we understand once left the gates open in the hope that he would get run over.
Despite his early experience, Nero absolutely adores people and (bar last night) other dogs (has been living with an entire male flatcoat with no problems whatsoever). He is good with cats that stand their ground, good on and off-lead, great in the house etc, although doesn’t like to be left on his own for long if there are no other dogs around.
IF you could offer a temp haven to Nero, while working with us to nail exactly what caused this blip in behaviour and how to resolve it, please, please get in touch asap.