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Spyro the handsome mongrel is looking for someone to trust and love again

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Sadly, some dogs who come into rescue centres have anxious personalities, sometimes due to past traumas. But with a little TLC, any pooch can come out of his shell!

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 12/02/2020, 22:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:32


Spyro is a large black and brown mongrel located at Battersea’s London location. He's hoping to find experienced adopters who will be willing to give him the time and love that he needs!

Spyro's ideal environment

Spyro is a sensitive soul who would do better living outside of the city. Though he can cohabitate with older children, he would prefer to be the only pet in the house. He is wary of men, but if given the time to adjust, could love a human dad as much as he would a human mum!

Interested in knowing how to help a dog become more trustful? Find out what you can do if your dog is scared of humans or other dogs!

Taking care of Spyro

At 6 years of age, Spyro is in his middle age, so owners will have to be prepared to accompany him into his senior years soon. His thick double coat will shed heavily, but will only need a weekly brush-through.

Training Spyro

Spyro needs to work on several things. Firstly, his etiquette with other dogs. He can become quite over-excited when meeting four-legged friends, and due to his important size, will need to work on being gentler. Secondly, Spyro may suffer from separation anxiety, so he will need owners who understand this problem, and most importantly, owners who will be home the majority of the time. Finally, Spyro is still coming out of his shell. He’ll need owners who can give him the time and space he’ll need to settle into his new home, and owners who will be calm enough to help Spyro trust them.

The best of both worlds

Spyro is at once an energetic lad who wants to play as well as a delicate boy who wants to chill out on the sofa and give his loved ones a cuddle. With Spyro, you're getting two lovely dogs in one. Doesn't that sound great?

If you think Spyro could be the one for you, apply to rehome online or call Battersea’s rehoming line at 02076279234.