Octavia ^


Octavia ^ Status: Available

ID: 35817

Name: Octavia ^

Breed: Springer Spaniel

Age: 3 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See below

Location: At Many Tears in
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

02-11-2022 Octavia has come to us from a breeder.  She is an extremely scared girl who is frightened of everything and finding everything very overwhelming at the moment.  Octavia will need an adult only and very experienced and quiet home who have had scared dogs like her before and understand how to work with her to overcome her fears.  Until she settles into her new home Octavia is a potential flight risk so the garden and house must be very secure and there must be at least one other confident dog to help her and who will allow her to cuddle up with them for comfort and support if she wants to. 
Octavia has never been in a home so this is going to be really scary for her at first and she will need owners with endless time and patience to help her learn about house training etc.  At first the garden may be as scary and the inside of the home so getting in the garden and then back in the home could take time.  She has no idea about lead walking and this is something else her new owners will need to work on once they have gained her trust.  They will need to start practising in the garden and then progress outside in quiet areas and the importance of double leading Octavia cannot be stressed enough.  In time and with owners who really understand her needs Octavia will slowly start to flourish and become the happy and loving girl she should have always been. She has a passport.

26-12-22 UPDATE
I’ve been working with this poor little soul for a while now and she is making some progress, although it has been slow and steady. She absolutely loves a comfy bed and will spend most of her days cuddled up, but her favourite thing in the world is food. A lot of dogs that are as scared as Octavia won’t eat when they’re being watched as they’re too nervous, but thankfully Octavia is an exception. She gets a very waggy tail at every meal time and the past few days she’s even started doing happy feet which is absolutely lovely to see. Her biggest fear is still human touch and she will run away every time I go to approach her. If I sit on the floor in her kennel for a little while, she will venture over to me and give me a sniff and sometimes a little lick if I’m lucky, but that’s as far as we’ve gotten so far. That’s okay though, I want to do everything in her own time and not push her too far.
It’s going to be a good while until Octavia is anywhere near a ‘normal’ dog, so her new adopters need to be well aware of this but accept her anyway. Every day things such as going for walks are not in the near future for Octavia as things stand, so again her new adopters will need to be ok with this. She needs a LOT of TLC, kindness and patience, and I’m confident she will get there eventually, it will just take a while and a whole lot of perseverance.
Having a doggy friend in her new home will be a massive comfort blanket for Octavia, so it’s important that any resident dog is kind and accepting. She is easily bullied as she’s so frightened so they will have to be very nice towards her and allow her to lean on them for guidance. She does slip into routines quite well and I think this is one of the things that’s helped her confidence, so this is something her new owners should keep in mind. She knows when it’s time to go to the play yard, she knows when it’s dinner time, she knows when it’s bed time .. and knowing when things are coming seems to reduce her stress levels.
Octavia is 100% a project dog and she needs a lot of work put into her. It’s not going to be an easy road, but the rewards will outweigh all of the low points every time. Adopting a terrified dog and nurturing them to a point where they’re no longer afraid of you is one of the best things you can do, and it will change your life for the better. 

22-01-23 UPDATE
It’s been around a month since my last update on Octavia, and I’m very pleased so say she has made quite a lot of progress since then. I can see that the fear in her eyes has faded and she is no longer the frantic girl she was when she first arrived. She’s calmed down a lot, she’s settled into the routine of things really well, and I think she is finally realising that I’m not a threat. She’s starting to approach me more and more and she’s even started taking treats from my hand - which doesn’t sound like a lot, but for a dog like Octavia it’s massive! She will still run away if I go to touch her, but I really don’t expect her to stop doing this for a long time. If I need to pick her up or handle her, I do have to get her in a corner to do so, but she will let me do whatever I need to do to her.
Food is still her favourite thing and I think this is one of the things that has helped her progress so much. If I’m holding her bowl of food, she’ll follow me wherever I go which is super sweet, but also really handy! She has also put on a good amount of weight since she’s been here which is excellent as she was so thin when she arrived.
I think things such as harness training are still quite far away for Octavia, but that’s okay with me. I want to make sure she’s 100% ready for the outside world before I start as I really don’t want to cancel out any of her progress. For any potential adopters, I would strongly suggest starting in the garden to get her used to it and not rush it. It will take as long as it takes, and you really have to be patient with it .. which is exactly the same as all of the other obstacles she’ll need to overcome. Giving her the time she needs is absolutely crucial!
This girl is very special and she needs a home equally as special. I know it must be out there somewhere 


Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

 If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.


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