One of the biggest challenges our kennel team have been faced with over the last two years is the increase in the number of reactive young dogs being brought to the Home.
Sadly, through no fault of their own, we are seeing more dogs arriving with separation anxiety, resource guarding issues or having had no training at all.
Six year old Tazz, a lively Staffordshire Bull Terrier, arrived at the Home in September 2021 as a stray.
On arrival, Tazz was nervous yet very energetic. When he got excited, he became difficult to control, and was easily frustrated. We believe he had experienced a lot of changes over the last couple of years, and possibly even had several homes. Although his background was a mystery, it was apparent to us that he hadn’t felt safe or content for a long time.
Our dedicated training team quickly identified that Tazz needed a lot of socialisation training to change his behaviour towards other people and dogs.
The team used several techniques to help Tazz feel calm such as keeping a good distance from other dogs and increasing his enrichment time. They also adapted their walking routes frequently so as not to trigger any anxiety linked to being at the Home.Donate Now
“We could see the potential in Tazz. We identified his training needs and put a training plan in place to give him the best possible chance of a successful rehoming” – Vicky Fyfe, Dog Trainer
After a few weeks of consistent one-to-one training with the same staff members, Tazz made encouraging progress. He keeps all four paws on the floor and has started to realise that he gets praise and rewards for doing so. His training also led to him learning how to sit when asked.
“His default behaviour is to sit and give a paw, no jumping up for attention, he’s a completely different dog!” – Jan Douglas, Dog Trainer
To see our animals transform their challenging behaviours is immensely rewarding. While some of our team are spending one-to-one time with the dogs who need it most, many of our other animals still need to be cared for, taken to the vet, and get that vital enrichment and human interaction time.
Please help us to help more animals like our newly reformed Tazz.Donate Now
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