Sep 19, 2019

Breed: Silky Terrier x Size: Small Age: 11months  
Activity: Moderate

Thank you for considering an ARF dog. ARF’s NSW Rehoming Organisation Number is R251000000

Most dogs receive several enquiries, and we aim to match the right dog to the right home so that they can enjoy a happy life together. If your enquiry is unsuccessful, rest assured that the foster carer has carefully based their decision on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the dog’s needs.

Squeak is assessed as being in the Bronze category in our Perfect Match system and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $350 (incl GST).

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Please read through Squeak’s profile carefully, it’s important Squeak’s new home would have –

  • an understanding owner with patience and experience managing shy dogs
  • an owner willing to commit to his ongoing training to help his confidence
  • a fairly active owner because Squeak is a young lively dog who is full of energy
  • another dog who is confident which will help Squeak learn
  • a quiet, stable home with no children because Squeak startles very easily

Squeak is an insecure little dog who has had an extremely rough start to life and it shows in his personality. He is fearful and unsure of new situations and also with unfamiliar people. We think in general his shyness results from a combination of genetic predisposition and not the best of experiences in the first months of his life.

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Squeak has also had some serious health problems. He underwent heart surgery in early July which was a huge success but will require a follow up ultrasound with a specialist in 12 months just to make sure things are on track. It was hard for Squeak visiting the vet so often at such a young age – his first ultrasound was when he was 6 weeks old then five more followed over the next 8 months. He came through it all really well. Each vet visit was a positive one and he learned that it wasn’t so bad as long as he had lots of cuddles!
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This adorable quirky pup has been in foster care with me for around 10 months (protracted because of his health issues) and has come a very long way in terms of his confidence and health. However, his confidence building is a work in progress and it’s paramount the work I’ve been doing is continued. Healthwise he’s doing extremely well and should live a normal healthy life.
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Squeak is living with my own two terriers and they get on really well. Inside the home he’s a happy playful pup who absolutely loves his toys and his people. He adores cuddles and attention but also understands when it’s time to settle. He’s a very quick learner and has done well with training so far. He’s housetrained and sleeps quietly through the night in his crate. He loves his daily walk and has a fair bit of energy so with walks and training plus exposing him to new experiences not only helps with confidence building but also helps him settle and relax during the evening. He loves to do zoomies around the house and yard and will also play happily by himself with his toys.
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Squeak isn’t an easy pup when it comes to new people and environments. He’ll need ongoing training and confidence building but if you feel you are a good match for Squeak, we’d love to find out more about you. It’s important there is another dog in the home who is confident and playful.