Rikki sadly found himself in our care due his owner's long work hours.
He initially came into the rescue as a sociable and friendly dog, however after a few days in the kennels we started to notice a difference in his behaviour. It was clear to see that he was struggling to cope in the stressful kennel environment and started to guard his food and run after the staff barking as we closed the kennel door.
Rikki was not with us for long before he found a home but unfortunately he was returned after just a couple of days later for displaying aggression.
After contacting his original owner for further information we learnt that we were not fully informed of Rikki's behaviour, and he did in fact have a history of guarding food etc and becoming stressed when people leave doors.
Now we know that Rikki's behaviour is not just due to the kennel environment we feel we can understand him better and hopefully place him in a much more experienced home.
When you get to know Rikki he is such a lovely, affectionate little dog. He enjoys playing with toys and racing around our field. He is full of character and makes us laugh everyday! We have found that the longer he has spent with us he has become more settled and very rarely chases our feet as we go to leave doors. We do feel that he has bags of potential and desperately deserves a second chance.
Rikki will take time getting to know new people and can be reluctant to go on walks unless he is with a trusted friend in which he feels safe.
Rikki does suffer with skin allergies and will lick his paws and tummy making them red. Due to this he requires a strict hypo-allergenic diet along with medication which he may need on/off for the rest of his life. During the warmer months he will also need regular baths using a medicated shampoo.
Rikki can be reactive towards other dogs and will need to be the only pet in the home.
We are looking for an experienced home for Rikki, perhaps with someone who has had terriers before and are familiar with their somewhat feisty ways.
Rikki would be best suited to a quiet home with someone who is around for most of the day, with time to devote towards helping him feel more secure and overcome his issues. However we do feel that once he has settled in he may be okay to be left alone for a couple of hours.
It is important that Rikki is placed in an adult only home free from visiting children and with no children planned for the future.
Please note that anyone interested in adopting Rikki will need to make several visits to and from the rescue in order to form a bond with him before adoption. This will then progress into home visits and a slow introduction into his new home, so his new owner must have transport and ideally live locally.
This boy is such a character and the staff all love him dearly and are desperate to see him settled in a home. He will make such a fun, active friend.
- Admitted - 21/07/2017
- Breed / Type - Jack Russell Terrier
- Sex - Male
- Age - 5 Years
- Colour - Tan and White
- Vaccinated - Yes
- Neutered - Yes
- Used to Kids - No
- Used to Cats - No
- Used to Dogs - No
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