Ruby is a tricolour female, born on 5th October 2020. She needs a new home with dog-experienced owners as she suffers from sleep startles and resource guarding, and needs to be with an owner who can safely manage these behaviours. Ruby is vaccinated and microchipped.
Dogs with sleep startles are absolutely fine until they are sleepy. They will not want to be touched or approached once they have curled up for their snooze, and waking them without warning will trigger the “Fight or flight” response. This can look very scary if you aren’t aware of sleep startles. Dogs with sleep startles need to be left alone once they are asleep, and woken slowly, perhaps by calling their name quietly, rather than touched or startled from their sleep by a loud noise. Ruby is protective of her sleeping space, and her food, so it’s very important that she has spaces for these where she will not be disturbed, as not having this safe space has caused her to resource guard.
Ruby likes to go for walks on a harness, and settles quickly with no pulling on the lead. She is not usually let off lead, but with a trusted doggy companion, who will encourage her to come back, she has been allowed off her lead in secure areas. She is usually fine with other dogs, if introduced properly, and will pull on the lead to get over and say hello. She has been known to run off and play with other off lead dogs, so keep her on lead if you’re not in a secure space.
At home, Ruby is house trained and crate trained. She likes to sleep in her crate, and as previously mentioned, once she is in there to sleep, her space must be respected. She is used to being on her own for a few hours if you need to go out without her, but can become destructive if left alone for too long. This has entailed things like pulling wallpaper off walls and nibbling at bannisters. She has never tried to escape from her secure garden. If Ruby steals an item, she likes to be chased to get it back.
Ruby has never lived with cats, so would prefer a cat free home. She has tried sharing her home with another dog, but she was unhappy, and so she must be the only dog in her home. Due to her sleep startles, we would not recommend Ruby joining a home with young children. Ruby has tried living with children, but they found her guarding behaviour intimidating, so an adult only home would be better for her. She loves to play and be active, and really enjoys a game of fetch with her favourite ball. Her owner says she is a very speedy runner, so she would do really well in a home where she could channel this energy into something productive, perhaps canicross running or agility. She enjoys the outdoors life, so an active family is an absolute must for her.