Dinky Dora

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  • Dinky Dora
  • Dinky Dora
  • Dinky Dora
  • Dinky Dora
  • Dinky Dora
  • Dinky Dora
  • Living At Kennels
  • Lurcher X GSD
  • Female
  • 2 Years Old
  • Experienced Home Needed

Dinky Dora is a 1 year old lurcher x GSD looking for owners with GSD experience. She is 2 in September.

Dora originally came into us from a local family. Her mum was a GSD and her dad a lurcher (blue bedlington x greyhound) and she was brought up with both parents in a home environment. She has been a much loved family pet and she is very well socialised around people, horses and other dogs.

She is a fabulous girl and she adores everyone at kennels and all the volunteers - she is one of our favourites to take for a walk as she really enjoys being out and about and she walks really nicely on a lead. Her new owners must be confident, experienced and most importantly willing to listen to and implement advice.

Dora will be fabulous in the right home but she has several requirements which are non negotiable:

The first is that she needs a home with GSD experienced owners (or a similar type of dog with guarding instinct). She needs to understand she does not need to protect the family and that she is simply a member of the family and not in control of it. She is quite a timid girl at heart, so her new owners will be expected to provide her with a environment which makes her relax and not be on constant alert. We recommend the new owners follow the advice given by Doras behaviourist which is training using the “canine ladder of aggression”. If you are not familiar with this please google the phrase – Doras behaviour is very much linked to her inability to cope with situations rather than her need to be dominant. Therefore, if her new owners teach pack theory training, it will not work with her. Doras behaviour is classic canine ladder of aggression – with us she stays at the bottom and she is happy and well behaved – but she has the capability to go right to the top and be a nuisance.

We have also been using hand touch training (similar to clicker training) which we would expect her new owners to continue.

The second is she needs a secure garden as she can and will go walkabout until you - as the human/owner - teach her not to. She is not being naughty but she was never taught physical boundaries (i.e. not to jump fences) in her original home so she thinks it is OK to go walkabout. Once settled and trained she will stop doing this. She is a clever girl and very willing to learn so training will not be difficult. A very secure garden, a non rural location and sensible owners are a must for this girl. She can and will clear a 6 foot fence in her kennel from a standing position so when we say secure we mean really secure with no exceptions.

Dora is great with other dogs but cannot live with cats or children.


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