Dog of the Month
**Tessa is currently reserved- we will update asap.
Every few weeks we will be featuring a dog currently in foster care and looking for a forever home as our Dog of the Month. This month that dog is Tessa.
Having arrived via a council pound, but with some known history, Tessa has been living alongside 6 other dogs. She is a dominant little girl, with a strong mind and she plays rough, so a home with larger breeds would be ideal. She can be too 'full on' for delicate little ones, although has learned to be respectful when reminded. She needs at least one other dog to bond and play with, or boredom will set in, and she is an escape artist so a secure garden is a must.
Her closest bond in the foster home is with a large male Akita x, who tolerates her chasing, nipping and rough play. Her strong character needs a strong, terrier experienced owner who will ensure this is not allowed to get out of hand. Whilst showing no aggression towards other dogs, Tessa will defend herself if provoked, but will also submit to dogs she recognises as having authority over her.
Tessa has been sharing the home with a cat, and a very tiny 'foster kitten', and took on a Motherly role towards the kitten under supervision, but would potentially chase cats that run. She has been known to catch the odd mouse and has been very interested in a friend's rabbit, so we would suggest a home with no small furries.
Tessa is nicely behaved around children, enjoying their energy levels and ability to play with her, but can be very bouncy, so children over 8 yrs please.
This little girl is immensely bright, and absolutely loves being busy, so training classes or a training programme are a must. She does know some basics, although is too easily distracted by the pack here, but on a one to one has fantastic focus (especially for food, which is her second big love - her first being cuddles!).
Tessa is crate-trained, and will go into her crate easily at bed-time. She will bark to let you know she needs to go out to toilet. Being part of a pack means she has never been left entirely on her own, so we will only consider a home with a companion dog, and no full-time working homes as she does bark and whine initially when left.
Despite a little destructiveness when she first arrived, Tessa's only real flaw is her need to be busy and doing, and she can be demanding if not fully occupied or exercised. She loves Kongs, rope tuggies, tennis balls etc and will amuse herself for periods, but her biggest desire is a good play session with 'her person'. With regular walks and mental stimulation, she is an incredibly easy girl to work with...and to love!
Tessa travels well in the car, ideally crated for safety. She accepts being groomed and bathed, although it's all play to Tessa! She is strong on lead (a harness is preferable) and will need further work with this. Due to the wide open spaces around the foster home, she has not been let offlead on walks, but at home her recall is good, especially for food - unless of course there are the usual terrier distractions.
Tessa is being fostered in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
She is a real favourite in the foster home, a delightful bundle of mischief; and in the right active, knowledgeable home she will absolutely shine. Could that be yours?
Tessa is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated.
To find out more about Tessa and to make an application click here