Sonny arrived at SDR via a local pound as an unclaimed stray. It took Sonny a few days to settle in as he was initially rather timid and shy around the carers, but he has made big improvements in this area and is starting to trust them. Sonny is hand shy and will flinch at sudden or fast moving hands, but once he gets to know you he enjoys having a fuss.
He will require owners who have experience with large breeds (Danes, Mastiffs etc) and who are patient and willing to take their time to build a bond with him. Once Sonny has built a bond with his new owners, it will help improve his confidence and enable him to continue with his training.
Despite his size, Sonny has shown himself to be a gentle boy. He is shy at first when meeting new people but given time and a few treats, which he takes very nicely, he soon comes round. He has met both men and women whilst he has been with us and doesn’t appear to favour one over the other – whoever adopts him will need to understand Sonny will take time to trust and bond with you.
He will require further training, including recall if new owners are wanting to let him off lead in open spaces, but he currently knows sit and will also offer you his paw. We have no doubt that once Sonny has had time to bond with his new owners, he will pick up new commands quickly through the use of positive reward based methods.
Sonny is calm and settled in kennels and could potentially be left home alone for up to 4 hours, but this will need to be built up gradually over time.
Sonny has an excellent appetite and enjoys his meals. He is currently fed on Arden Grange with some meat mixed through to help him gain some weight. We would advise that he is fed from a slow feeder, or some sort of interactive feeder as he tends to inhale his food. He enjoys healthy treats such as tripe sticks, fish skins and rabbits ears.
Sonny has been mixed with other dogs and could potentially live with a calm female, pending a couple of successful dog mixes here at SDR. He is not able to live with cats.
Sonny will require a good sized garden that he can play and run around in – he will often break into zoomies when in our enclosed meadows/paddock, so a good size garden that he can really stretch his legs in would be beneficial as it may be some time before he is able to go off lead. The garden will need to be fully enclosed with a 6ft fence.
Sonny is a lovely boy who probably hasn’t had the best start in life, but with time, patience and committed owners, Sonny will make someone a very loyal companion.
The adoption fee for Sonny is £200
50 Mile re-homing radius applies.
Stokenchurch Dog Rescue reserves the right to refuse to re-home a dog without giving due reason