• Male
  • Adolescent
  • Large
  • UK
Indy in 3 words

Time to Play

Indy Story
Meet handsome Indy, who was adopted from Lesvos earlier this year. After a lot of deliberation, his owners arrived at the difficult decision that Indy needs a different home in order to thrive. He has... more

Meet handsome Indy, who was adopted from Lesvos earlier this year. After a lot of deliberation, his owners arrived at the difficult decision that Indy needs a different home in order to thrive. He has been in foster for the last 2 months, coming on leaps and bounds and is now ready to find his forever home after a difficult start.

Indy is a sweet boy with bundles of energy. He loves to run and walk in the great outdoors, benefiting from lots of exercise, and would make a great running companion if you’re up for it! He is eager to please and is very food motivated but does get easily distracted by the goings on of the world. He therefore needs a lot of structure and guidance, to keep him engaged and entertained.

Indy is desperate to play, especially with other dogs, initiating this with a big bouncy play bow. He can become hyper and over the top in play, and this combined with his size has meant he has been told off by the other dogs in his foster home. Over time he has learnt to read these signals given by the other dogs and will back off when told. Whilst he loves the company of dogs we think it would be best for Indy to be the only dog in the home due to this over the top behaviour, and instead, spend lots of time socialising at day care or with a dog walker, where he can be supervised in his interactions but still gain the play he so desperately craves (unless of course you have a dog that matches Indy’s exceptional energy and desire to play)!

Prior to his UK home, Indy had never been inside a house. He was therefore very nervous in his first home, afraid of doorways and halls, and took comfort in his crate, refusing to venture out. With time and lots of positive reinforcement, Indy’s confidence did grow both inside and outside the home, but he is still unsure of unknown situations and people. He gets spooked easily and reacts to unfamiliar noises by barking and pacing, and is nervous of people outside the home. His natural instinct is to run away, but if he is unable to do this he will react to tell people he is afraid of. With proper, slow, calm introductions Indy soon settles and will make friends, but prefers if you let him come and sniff you first rather than someone actively showing him attention. Because of this, we are looking for a quiet, rural, adult only home where Indy will be given the opportunity to thrive.

Another very obvious trigger for Indy was the TV, which made him very unsettled in his first home and would lead to him mouthing his adopters.  However, since being in a foster home, Indy has realised that actually watching TV can be great fun, and even has his favourite film ‘Pets’, which he watches frequently! It’s very important for adopters to understand that Indy will need a long settling in period whilst he adjusts to his new home with lots of structure and reward based training, allowing him to trust he is safe in his new surroundings.

As mentioned, Indy has been crate trained and takes comfort in this space. He is happy to be left alone and will chill out in his crate in the evenings after a non stop day of play and fun. It’s important to stress that he needs a very active lifestyle in order to burn off his energy, otherwise it’s likely he will become unsettled and destructive.

Indy is very loyal once he knows you and when out walking with him he constantly checks in to make sure all is well. Providing he’s had his daily dose of exercise he will happily settle at your feet, or follow you around making sure you’re never without company. He loves a cuddle and belly rub, often pawing you for more.

We are looking for a very special home for Indy, with owners who have lots of patience & experience. He is going to need a very structured life with guidance and daily positive training sessions in order to be happy in his new home. We can’t wait to finally find Indy his forever home that he’s been waiting so patiently for.

Indy originally came from Lesvos but is now living in the UK – visits can be arranged for serious adopters. Please note, the UK adoption fee will apply.

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Full Bio

Age ............................................................. Estimated D.O.B 20/11/2019

Height to top of head ............................................................. TBC

Weight ............................................................. 25kg (estimate)

Expected adult size ............................................................. Large

Breed ............................................................. Possibly Shepherd type mix

Neutered? ............................................................. No

Mixing with dogs? ............................................................. Yes

Mixing with children? ............................................................. Not tested

Mixing with cats? ............................................................. Not tested

Character
  • Nervous
  • Bundle of energy
  • Food motivated
  • Quick learner
  • Experienced owner preferred
  • Rural home needed
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