Reasons why we love this dog…
He loves to play
He's used to living in a home
I am a:
I would like:
A quiet, rural home
I would not like:
To meet a lot of dogs on walks
My favourite thing is:
Food and playtime!
Nervous but full of character!
Adult only home (no children)
Needs to be an only dog
Not cat trainable
Important: Please read our latest COVID guidelines before you apply to adopt this lovely hound.
Marvelous Marquee is a 2-3 year old lurcher boy who came to us from Ireland, where he was picked up as a stray. We don’t know much about his background, but it’s clear that he hasn’t had the easiest start in life. He is a real character who you can’t help but fall in love with!
Marquee has lived in a home previously, but sadly had to come back into our care because he struggles with meeting dogs out on walks. In his previous home Marquee was totally housetrained, settled inside the home (apart from the odd lurcher moment of madness!) and could be left for short periods.
Marquee can be very nervous around new people, handling, traffic and new places. He has gained so much confidence since arriving with us initially, but will never be able to cope with trips the pub, events, more urban areas or places with a lot of other dogs (such as busy beaches etc). Once Marquee starts to trust you he is interactive, playful and affectionate but it does take time to build that relationship with him. He will need plenty of time to settle into his new home before he’s ready to cope with walks out in public, so adopters should be prepared not to walk him for at least the first week at home.
Marquee does enjoy walks with his doggie friends, but needs gradual introductions to new dogs and is reactive when encountering unfamiliar dogs on walks (lunging and barking). This behaviour is caused by conflict between frustration/over-excitement about meeting dogs, but also fear and anxiety about interacting with them. For this reason, he needs a very rural home and quiet walking areas without many other dogs.
Our staff at the Centre have been working with Marquee to help him manage his emotions around other dogs, and this training must be continued in his new home. His training plan will involve avoiding other dogs other than in specific situations which we know he is able to remain calm and learn with support from his handler, so that he can learn to be around dogs more and more as his training progresses. Although his behaviour around dogs should continue to improve with the right input, like most reactive dogs he will always need some level of support from his handler.
Although he can make canine walking friends with gradual introductions, Marquee will need to be the only dog at home, since he is very rough when playing off-lead with other dogs and does not understand when they aren’t enjoying the game!
Marquee will need to meet his new family a number of times at our Devon Centre in order to build a relationship with them before he’s ready to go home. If you have the patience and understanding to give Marquee the supportive home he deserves, please get in touch!