Deaf Staffy searches for her special someone

Dogs Trust Snetterton is appealing for a home for a delightful, deaf dog called Belle who is hoping her special someone will come along soon.

The four-year old Staffordshire Cross is a fun-loving girl who loves toys and could play fetch all day long as it’s her favourite game.

This sweet girl has heaps of personality and loves to curl up on a sofa and dig into a tasty chew. She also loves going on outings where she can sniff and explore and walks very nicely on a lead.

Being a deaf dog, Belle is understandably a little worried by unfamiliar situations. She needs an adopter who will try to understand her and help her to become a more confident dog.

Belle already knows many hand signals which help the team at Dogs Trust Snetterton to communicate with her. She understands that a wave is a greeting and that clapping or a thumbs-up are positive actions.

Belle’s canine carers can ask her if she’s ‘ready’ for a ball to be thrown during a game of fetch and ask, ‘is that for me?’ referring to a ball or toy, all through using hand signals.

Diane McLelland-Taylor, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Snetterton said: “Since she has arrived at the centre, Belle has come such a long way and has proven to be a clever girl. She is deaf but we can still communicate with her and she is always learning. Our Training and Behaviour team will support Belle’s new family during and after the adoption process and will teach them how to use hand signals effectively.

“Belle is hoping to find an adult-only home in a rural location where she has access to a secure garden and can enjoy quiet walks away from any hustle and bustle. Belle is looking to be the only pet in the home, but she does like going on walks with a calm canine companion on occasion.

“Belle will need her adopters to give her plenty of time to settle into her new home and feel comfortable. She loves being in the company of her favourite people, so she would like her adopters to be with her for most of the time.

“Belle has tons of character and potential and will make a very loyal companion to someone who takes the time to get to know her and build a bond. She is such a fun girl- she just needs time to come out of her shell and feel comfortable around someone.”

To find out more about Belle and other dogs ready to find their forever homes at Dogs Trust Snetterton, please go to www.dogstrust.org.uk.

Dogs Trust Snetterton is still closed to walk-in members of the public. However, the team can now book appointments at the centre for those dogs who can’t be rehomed using the centre’s new ‘Handover at Home’ process.

Potential new owners will be able to meet the dog they are interested in rehoming at the centre in an outside play area, or in a spacious area that is separate from the main rehoming centre such as a training barn, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.