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Lily

RESERVED due to be adopted shortly

Please do not enquire while she is suspended.

Little Lily is a 19 month old small staffie girl (born August 2022). Despite her smaller size (19.3 kg) she is full of beans and is looking for a confident and assertive owner happy to have an energetic little whirlwind about the home.

 

The sort of home for Lilly

 

  • An experienced confident owner with an active home

  • No dogs or cats in the home

  • No children under the age of 14 years

  • Access to her own private and secure garden (not shared or communal)

  • Access to the sofa for cuddles

  • Minimal time left alone as she was not left very much in previous home

 

Handling

Lily is a lovely friendly dog, that loves giving you hugs and kisses. Lily does grumble around having a coat put on, or harness adjusted, and this can involve some mouthing. She stops when you tell her to, but if this might put you off please do not enquire.

Other than this Lily was very well behaved in our care and had not shown any aggression to any of our handlers. 

When she arrived back with us we fitted her with one of our collars and sized her for one of our temporary harnesses, which she was unsure about but we did it slowly, and used cheese to get her content and happy.

Lily was rehomed in January 2024 and returned on April 2024.

 

Walking

Lily likes to walk at a brisk pace, so needs an owner that can do likewise. She gets 2-3 walks every day with our team of volunteers and the feedback has on the whole been great.

She may pull occasionally, but responds very well to correction.

She mostly ignores dogs, but some dogs she may react to.

 

On her first walk on her return she encountered dogs on three occasions, the first she lay down submissively, the second dog she saw was barking crazily at Lily, and our walker said that Lily pulled towards the dog, wanting to get to it in an excitable way. The third dog Lily saw was walked by someone who passed them very close (feet apart) and Lily gave out a short warning growl, and the walker believes Lily was startled.

Our walker described Lily as certainly not dog aggressive, but unsocialised, and not keen on dogs up close, which fits with our experience of her previously.

 

Dogs and cats

Lily is not socialised with dogs, and may growl at them if they get too close to her. In our experience, with over 30 logged dog walks with our volunteers she will either submissively lay down when she sees a dog, pull towards them, or bark at them. None of our walkers have described her as aggressive, but the consensus is that she is not socialised. 

Fine in the vets on arrival, but on leaving she did have a bark at other dogs.

It should be noted that the last owner described Lily as dog aggressive, and while we have not seen this in all our walks with her, we have nonetheless recorded it here.

If you were to attempt introductions to other dogs these must only be done once Lily has properly settled with you, and most dogs take 1-3 months to properly settle.

She has never lived with cats, and we do not think she would be suitable living with a cat.

 

Playing

Loves to play, but is as quick as lightning. Not keen on giving toys back, so you have to be persistent to get her to do this.

 

Training and commands

A very easy dog to train. When she first arrived in late December she started our TEMPS training with high value treats (mild grated cheese). TEMPS incorporates, sit, paw, touch, eyes and middle.  She mastered this in a week with us. On her return we were able to start TEMPS again and she did everything perfectly.

Although she can get distracted by other sounds, calling her name and having a high value treat quickly gets her attention back, using the traditional engage and disengage techniques.

Health

Already full vaccinated, microchipped, and neutered. May have occasional dryness around ears.

 

Further information from her original owner

 

  • House trained

  • Never interacted with children

  • Never been properly introduced to dogs, but once she was attacked by a Jack Russell.

  • Never bitten a person or animal

  • Never shown dominance – but may try and grab things dropped on the floor.

  • Used to sleep on owner’s bed

  • Commands known – sit, paw.

If you have any questions about Lily prior to sending an adoption enquiry form please email us at adopt@happystaffie.co.uk

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