A.K.A Willy, Willy-Burr, Willy Wonka
18 months |Tri-colour Cocker Spaniel x Cavalier | House trained | High Energy | Loves Children 5+ | Great Leash Manners | Slow Introductions with Dogs| Not Cat tested |
Willy is quite the character, and really knows how to warm your heart within moments of meeting you. He is a bit of an insecure boy, so he tends to revert heavily to relying on his people to stand up for him. In his foster home, his biggest challenge is learning how to soothe himself and grow his confidence in a healthy way. Because of his strong ability to form unhealthy bonds with his people, we strongly recommend continuing his crate training for periods throughout the day, when you’re not home, and overnight as well. At this time, he is still learning to find comfort in his crate, and definitely likes to watch the world around him, but this can make him more anxious, so we strongly recommend covering his crate with a blanket.
Wilbur loves to greet his people with his voice! He sings the song of his people, and is learning that he does not get the attention he’s looking for this way, so he has learned to calm quickly. Wth dogs, we are still working on his reactivity – so at this time, it still looks a bit frantic. He does a very loud baying sound, and needs to be redirected with the leash. Changing directions, and distracting him to get him to focus on you is key, but can take a fair bit of work and commitment. For this reason, it will be a required part of his adoption to have a balanced trainer set up prior to his arrival in his new home.
Wilbur is approximately 18 months, and definitely still a puppy at heart! He absolutely LOVES to play ball, and will do so for as long as your arm can take it! He quite enjoys his walks, but when comes to favourites, BALL IS LIFE! He requires an adequate amount of exercise, and would make an excellent partner for hiking, running, camping, etc! Due to his anxiety, he has trouble settling in the home when not crated, and for this reason making sure he is appropriately exercised will help with his ability to settle.
When left alone, he is crated, and we recommend very strongly that this be continued. He is not a destructive dog by any means, but being crated allows him to settle and truly relax when his people are not with him. It does take him a few minutes, but he settles nicely. In his foster home, he is crated around other dogs, so if he were in a home without other dogs, we suspect he would regress on this. Consistency will be KEY!
At night, Wilbur is silent as anything! He doesn’t wake too early either (unless you do)! Again, because he is crated at night and with other dogs in the same room, a regression is to be expected. Allowing him to sleep in bed would be thoroughly discouraged as we try to make strides with his anxiety. On leash, Wilbur is an absolute DREAM! He uses a slip lead for walks, and walks in a perfect heel for as long as you’d like to go! Not much spooks him by way of transportation, but his foster home is somewhat out of town, so if he were adopted to a home in the city, there may be new sounds that he is not used to.