A Meet & Match process has been introduced at all five Jerry Green Dog Rescue centres, including the one at Algarkirk.
In the new system, dogs are introduced to potential owners on a one-to-one basis away from the kennels after first being matched.
Previously, the centres allowed the public open visitor access most afternoons.
A joint study between Jerry Green Dog Rescue and the University of Lincoln showed this was causing anxiety among the dogs.
It’s possible that the system will become more widespread since the results of the study have been published in the international scientific journal Physiology & Behaviour. It was also presented at the International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting and the Association of Dog and Cat Homes Conference.
Jo Hickson, centre manager at Algarkirk where the animals were used for the study, says they are pleased to have taken part.
She said: “You don’t realise at the time how much impact it could potentially have throughout animal welfare. We have seen a massive improvement in dog behaviour and in successful rehomings.”