Reasons why we love this dog…
He's great with other dogs on walks
He's gentle and affectionate
He handles beautifully on lead
I am a:
I would like:
A supportive home
My favourite thing is:
Meeting new doggy friends
A gentle giant
Adult only home (no children)
Needs to be an only dog
Not cat trainable
Ralph is a gentle giant who has loads to offer, but does have some special needs which will require managing in his new home. Although he is very affectionate and sweet with people, he has some anxieties around food and as a result has bitten in the past. This behaviour is very specific to times when food is present, and should not be an issue in the home as long as he is carefully managed in these situations. His new family must have a separate area away from food preparation/dining areas where he can spend time whenever food is being prepared, eaten or cleared away (with his own treat stuffed Kong toy of course!). Although Ralph is less worried around food when he is in a familiar place with people he knows well, his adopters must always be diligent about keeping him safe when food is present.
Ralph is brilliant with other dogs out and about, both big and small – so much so that he often helps out by supporting our dogs who aren’t so sure about having canine friends! He would be happy to walk in parks or other areas with a large dog population. He walks beautifully on-lead and is confident in various different environments, including towns and busier areas. He travels well in the car and is partial to the odd day out! He is a very laid back dog in general but does have a sensitive side and will need time and space to settle into his new home and start to feel secure.
Ralph recently went on a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum with two of our volunteers, and had a lovely day out. He spent three hours wandering the woodland trails, and, as you can see below, he met all sorts of new friends – including the Gruffalo! He settled straight down in the car and slept all the way home.
Inside the home Ralph is quiet and well behaved. He has only spent a short period in a home environment but was clean inside and slept happily downstairs overnight, so has good potential to be left alone for reasonable periods, with a gradual build up. He is very gentle and affectionate with people, but can be worried by children so needs a calm and quiet home with adults only. Although he loves the company of other dogs on walks, he will need to be the only dog at home due to his concerns around food.
Handsome Ralph is a truly wonderful boy who just needs that extra bit of care and support to help him settle into his new life as a loved family member. Could you offer it to him?