Dash is a delightful friendly young lurcher pup of around 8 months old.
He stands approximately 24″ floor to shoulder. He will get bigger!
Shortly after coming into our care Dash was found to be suffering from Parvo virus and after being a very poorly boy has now made a miraculous recovery.
His behaviours are all very puppyish and he does not appear to have been given the best start in life. He therefore has some of the behaviours you would expect from a younger pup such as jumping up and also mouthing of both humans and other dogs.
Dash loves people!
Dash can become frustrated by both under and over stimulation and will then begin to hump…. It appears that he has also learnt from past experiences that this gains him attention and this causes the behaviour to be repeated. He will need to be consistently distracted from this and taught appropriate alternative behaviours.
He has a busy bright mind and needs an experienced active home where he will get mental as well as physical exercise appropriate for his age.
Dash walks beautifully on a loose lead.
He greets other dogs out and about appropriately.
He travels well in the car and seems to enjoy it.
He is partially house trained and this is continuing to improve. We would expect some regression when moving to a new home though.
Dash is learning to cope with being left and is best left in the company of other dogs. When he has other dogs for company he can be left for up to 4 hours. He would need to build up to this in a new home.
If left on his own, Dash struggles to be left for any more than about an hour.
Dash would be best homed with another dog but they would need to be tolerant of puppy behaviour. A female companion may suit him best but it would all be down to temperament and introductions.
Dash has not been tested around cats as yet. We will update this when we know more.
His behaviour is too energetic and rough for young children. We think he could be homed with dog savvy, sensible children of around 12 plus.
His recall in a secure area is pretty good so has some potential for good recall with positive reward based training. Of course this may well deteriorate during his adolescence before improving again.
Dash would be fine with fences of 5 foot.
As part of the adoption process Dash’s adopters will need to arrange puppy classes with a trainer approved by Hounds First.
Dash will need to be neutered when he is old enough and will be homed under a contract ensuring that his adopter does this (between 12 to 16 months old).
His foster carer says: ‘Someone will be lucky to adopt this hound he just needs time, a stable home life and someone who understand puppies and is prepared to put in the work. He would be your faithful friend for life.’