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Toffee

Age: 2 years

Breed: Lurcher

Gender: Male

Ref: BD39913

 

Suitable with children: No

Other animals: Can live with dogs

Toffee is a loving, but shy boy. He takes a while to build trust with new people and would greatly benefit from having another canine companion in the home, to help him gain confidence. Anyone wishing to adopt Toffee, will need to visit quite a few times before adoption.

He would like a home with someone around for most of the day as it could take him a while to settle in to his new surroundings, he also does not cope very well when left alone.

In the home Toffee will need a gentle approach from strangers as he is easily worried, particularly by men. He is a real foody so can be won over with a treat or two. Our Behaviour Team can give you some tips for helping Toffee settle in with his new family and friends. Once comfortable he is extremely affectionate, leaning in lurcher-style for more fuss. He can also be very playful and silly, lots of fun to be around. 

With a patient owner, willing to give Toffee some time, he will make a wonderful and fun pet.

Toffee here playing with Mavis - Mavis is one of our ex-dogs who comes in every now and then to help with socialisation training. 
You'll see at one point Toffee gets his teeth out, but don't be alarmed, as our behaviourist Karen explains "Lurchers were bred to chase and grab prey, so their play style mimics this – there is always a lot of chasing when lurchers play! Some lurchers do want to ‘grab’ as well, which is what Toffee is indicating when he puts his mouth over Mavis’s neck (although he doesn’t actually grab, it is just the motion of it). As long as the other dog is comfortable with this (as Mavis is, shown by her loose body language and the fact that she is happy for the play to continue) then it is nothing to worry about. Obviously, if the other dog does not appreciate a rougher style of play, then it should be interrupted. It is important to match the dogs’ preferred play styles when they are off lead together. "