Higgins is a tricolour male, estimated to be around 8 years old. Higgins needs a new home as his separation anxiety needs more input than his current owner can provide. He is neutered and microchipped.
Having been given up by his first owners, Higgins was temporarily rehomed by an older person in April 2021, and while he is a loving and well-behaved dog, his separation anxiety issues mean that this is not the best setting for him. It appears that Higgins has very limited experience of being left on his own, and as a result, he does not cope at all well if he does not have one of his family with him. This distress can manifest as Higgins having toileting accidents in the house, which is why we would not recommend that Higgins joins a home with young children.
Because of his strength and enthusiasm for walking, Higgins is best walked on a harness. He has managed to pull himself out of a collar when walked on a collar and lead, so the harness has provided a good solution. Higgins has never had recall training, so has not been let off lead on walks. He travels well in the car. Higgins does get on with dogs out and about on walks but would need to live as an only dog, Higgins likes all the attention from his humans.
At home, Higgins is house trained, but has not used a crate. His separation anxiety means that he has not been left on his own. Higgins is not destructive, and has never tried to escape from his secure garden. He has been known to steal accessible food from the kitchen, so his new home would need to bear that in mind when arranging items in their kitchen!
Higgins has never lived with cats, so his new home should be a cat free one. He has never lived with children, and due to his anxiety, it would be best if any children in his new home were older children with dog owning experience. Higgins loves his food, and will eat anything in record time, so a slow feeder bowl would be a good idea for him. Food is definitely the way to his heart! He needs to join a patient and calm home, where he will have people with him to provide reassurance for the majority of the day. Someone who can work on his separation anxiety with him, helping him to relax and enjoy every day, would be very much appreciated by Higgins.