Sophie is very friendly and playful with others dogs, she is learning to walk on lead and she responds very well to positive reinforcement training ( she loves little pieces of chicken boiled!) so her training is moving along very quickly.
Like all Podencos, Sophie is timid, but not so scared now, only timid, especially with men, which stems from how they are treated and used by hunters.
She needs lots of exercise, and opportunities to play and she likes run like the wind! Also, as a sight hound, she has a very high prey drive because of her hunting instinct, for this reason we say not suitable to cats or little furries, and VERY IMPORTANT keep on lead until you can be certain she has bonded with you and she has a rock- solid recall! The best would be training her inside areas completely fenced and safe, so a large garden would be prefect!
The Podenco breed in Spain is used for hunting rabbits, and when the hunting season finishes or if the dog isn’t good at hunting, they are abandoned. Poor Sophie was rescued in a field, very skinny, thirsty and frightened (see her photos). Luckily in a very short time she is completely recovered and she gained 3 kg! She is very healthy, has good behavior, and doesnt bark!
Sophie needs a calm environment, with another dog, and an owner who gives her time to trust and to learn, sometimes she is little bit stubborn, but funny with it! She requires patience and calm during training. If you will devote her time and energy, Sophie will reward you with great loyalty, love, affection, she will be a wonderful family member .
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Dog Details :
Breed : Podenco
Age : 5 months
Living with dogs : yes
Living with cats : no not tested
Living with children : yes over 12 years
NEEDS to live with another dog Yes we think so
Health: No health issues notified
Neutered: NO too young. Owner needs to do this after first season
In Spain can travel to the UK in June once homed
Adoption Fee : £425 – to be paid direct to the Spanish rescue to cover new, excessive, extra EU travel costs, via UK bank account
NOTE – Homecheck : All our adoptions are subject to successful homechecks. There is now a deposit for all homechecks of £25 which is deducted from the adoption fee.
If the homecheck fails the £25 will be reimbursed.
If people withdraw after the homecheck this is non refundable.
ALL HOMECHECKS ARE NOW CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY
PROOF OF ID AND LANDLORD PERMISSION IS REQUIRED
Can live with children over 12 yrs
Needs to live with another dog
Adopting A DogWatch UK Rescue Dog
Before being adopted, dogs will have been vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas.
If old enough they will have been neutered, if too young the new owners will need to ensure this is done.
All dogs are microchipped
All new owners can apply for 4 weeks Pet Insurance FREE, to be activated from the link on our website.
All new owners will need to change their new dogs microchip information to their contact details. This costs £17. If you would like us to arrange this for you, at a reduced rate of £7.20, we will ask you to do a bank transfer to allow us to register the change.
For Rescue Dogs coming from overseas
This adoption fee is a contribution towards the costs of rescuing the dog including
– microchip, pet passport, vaccines, tests for South European diseases, neutering (IF OLD ENOUGH), parasite treatment and transport to the UK.
We can not home dogs from overseas to people who work full time or long hours, unless some sort of doggy day care is offered. They need someone at home a lot of the day, they are not used to being alone for long periods. A dog walker for an hour out of the day is not enough.
Leaving dogs a long time on their own means they are highly likely to develop separation anxiety which is distressing for them and everyone in their new home.
How to adopt a DogWatch UK Rescue Dog
For full details see our Adoption page
To apply to adopt please fill in our adoption application