NAME
AZZA  
MALE OR FEMALE
FEMALE
AGE
1 YEAR
SIZE APPROX
SMALL MEDIUM
VACCINATED
YES
MICRO CHIPPED
YES
SPAYED OR NEUTERED
YES
GOOD WITH CATS
YES
GOOD WITH DOGS
YES
GOOD WITH CHILDREN
YES
GOOD WITH ADULT MALE AND FEMALE
YES
GOOD ON THE LEAD
YES
WHERE ARE THEY LIVING
BATH IN SOMERSET


Azza’s background with her owners (September 2017 – present)

When Azza first arrived with us in the beginning of September she was quite nervous. We sought help from a behavioural psychologist to integrate her with our other dog who helped them to integrate after a few days. This was incredibly helpful for them and us and since then Azza has grown in confidence and her and our other Romanian rescue have a good relationship.

She has grown hugely in confidence but will lunge and bark on meeting other dogs on walks when she is surprised. I have used the ‘Halti’ head collar which helps with her lunging. We have also been attending dog training which has helped to socialise her and we now find if she is prepared and sees the dog from a distance – is praised and given treats, she can walk past them without jumping and lunging. She is still reactive if a dog comes suddenly into view or comes close without her having time to notice it. She has also not displayed this behaviour at the training classes, and has been calm and though nervous has sniffed noses with a few dogs, it seems this reactivity only happens on walks. We have also noticed she does not always read the “no” signal well from other dogs and if she instigated play and another dog doesn’t want to play, she can resort to defence and growl.
In the last month she has been walking with other confident dogs with our dog walker and has played nicely and socialised well on controlled walks (on long line).

Azza has found travelling in the car stressful since we have had her. It is our belief that the journey from Romania (by lorry) traumatised her as she instinctually drools, pant, won’t eat and becomes withdrawn if you put her in the car. Through counterconditioning, which we have been practising with her on most days, she is becoming more comfortable with the car and will jump in, she now sometimes displays the same behaviours but is now often not drooling/panting at all and she is generally more relaxed. This is improving all the time.

Azza has been reactive to noises (postman/people talking etc.) in the home in the day and night, but is also getting more relaxed about this and now only infrequently barks in the night (still occasionally in the day). She is responding really well to ‘no barking’, reinforced by giving praise whenever she stops and saying ‘no barking’ and saying ‘Azza barking’ when she is barking, this has allowed her to differentiate the two behaviours.

Azza is such an incredibly loving girl. She adores humans and cuddling and squishing and is very gentle around children (some friends stayed for two weeks who have a 5 and 2 year old). Everything about her is young, playful and puppy like – she holds her tail high and has grown into a beautifully healthy dog. She is still nervous is new environments and is wary of new people in her home but warms quickly to any loving. She loves hanging around at home and playing in the garden and would thrive in a home with a big garden that she can run in. She also loves bird watching. We have a cat and another dog so she is used to other animals – she does chase the cat in play but plays with her gently. She has also met cows/lamas/sheep and a few horses and is fine but doesn’t like to get too close.

Known/in process of learning commands:

Sit
Wait
Stay
Leave
Down
Bed time
Here
Find it (food on the ground)

She has recently got really into toys and loves playing fetch in the garden. We have also found that feeding her in games or using puzzles (kongs etc.) has been really successful in calming and relaxing her in the home. We have found ‘Absolute Dogs’ and their linked FB group ‘Naughty but Nice’, on FB and online really useful (loads of fun games to play).

We are absolutely sure that with the right support, love, kindness and training, Azza will continue to grow in confidence and into herself. She is an all-round incredibly beautiful dog. Due to our family circumstances and current commitments we are sadly unable to give her this kind of support come October and therefore we are looking for a home for her that can continue this love and care.


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