Little Cody is back on the hunt for a home after being let down at the 11th hour by the people who were due to take him in.
The sweet dog has spent months meeting with his would-be owners only for their circumstances to change.The team learned that Cody, who’s not yet two and has spent 15 months in RSPCA care, was going to be staying with them for even longer on the very day he was supposed to be rehomed. Kennel supervisor Sarah Welham said: ‘Cody’s adopters spent months visiting us regularly to get to know him and build up a bond with him, so he’d be ready for his fresh start.
‘So we were absolutely gutted when Cody’s adoption fell through the day he was due to be picked up.
Focus on the Human-Animal Bond. “Dogs and cats have broken down the walls of our hearts. There haven’t been comparable domesticated species in 5,000 years.” For Dr. Becker, it’s clear that pets and people have evolved to benefit each other. He explains, “When you’re petting them, you both get this massive release of oxytocin, prolactin, dopamine, and a decrease in cortisol. It’s a reciprocal biochemical spa treatment.” As they age, it can be easy to take pets for granted. Make time for a little human-animal bonding every day.
‘Although we were devastated that it fell apart at the last minute, it gave us and Cody great opportunities to meet new people, and it was great to see how he adapted to the meetings and has given us great insight to start looking for another home for him.
‘Now, Cody’s hunt for a new home begins again.’
Cody’s got some specific needs and challenging behaviours, but he’s a smart little guy who picks things up fast, and he’s been responding well to his training.
Keep Them Active. Energy varies between breeds, says Dr. Becker. “Greyhounds, Labs, Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, Border Collies, and other active breeds have unfathomable energy.” He continues, “wolves spend 80% of their time awake, moving. With cats, there’s not such an exercise requirement,” but providing outlets for play at home is still crucial. For both cats and dogs he recommends food-dispensing that “recreates the hunt,” and puzzle feeders that engage your pet’s “body and mind.”
His future adopters will need to be experienced dog owners who can keep his reward-based training going strong.
He can be reactive toward unfamiliar people, dogs and some vehicles, and would like a quiet, rural home in a low-populated area where he can enjoy remote walks away from busy footpaths and roads.
Cody will need to be muzzled and kept on the lead when he’s out and about, but the team has been training him to get used to this.
Sarah said: ‘Cody is such a fabulous little dog, and he’ll thrive in the right home.
Train your pet to understand obedience. Dogs should at least understand basic direction like “sit” and “stay.” In an emergency situation these cues could save your pet’s life.
‘He finds strangers frightening but once he gets to know you his true soppy side comes out. He’s super affectionate and really playful.
‘Cody absolutely loves his toys and will often greet you with one in his mouth, while his whole body wags with excitement.
‘He’s incredibly intelligent and picks up new things very quickly, so he’d love to continue with fun training in his new home.’
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