Spalding area residents: could you offer Ben a retirement home?
Meet Ben, he is a lovely 12-year-old Jack Russell who has unfortunately found himself looking for a quiet retirement home.
He could potentially live with another calm older dog and would like to be in an adult only home.
Ben enjoys going for short walks and having a nice nap afterwards.
If you have a comfy spot on your sofa for Ben, please give us a call on 01205 260546 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please come along and support our Fun Dog Show
We’re hosting a Fun Dog Show on Sunday, April 19, and we’d love to see you and your four-legged friend there!
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- Man's Best Friend: Terrific Tammy is looking for her forever home
Our gates will open at 11am with the Dog Show judging starts at 12pm. Our categories include Waggiest Tail, Best Rescue and many more.
There will also be a tombola, raffle and refreshments. So make sure you save the date in your diary as you won’t want to miss it!
Come and join us at: Jerry Green Dog Rescue, Marsh Lane, Algakirk, Boston, PE20 2BB.
Training tip: Stopping all that unwanted behaviour
A lot of the time when our dogs do something we don’t like the first words out of our mouth is “no!” but is this the most effective way to stop our dogs from making mistakes?
In most cases simply saying “no” doesn’t work – if it did it then there would be far fewer dogs needing training.
We also need to be aware that if we shout at or reprimand our dogs, the reason they might stop the doing what the behaviour we don’t like is because they are worried and over time this can damage our relationship.
When trying to stop our dogs performing certain behaviours we need to tell them what we would like them to do as an alternative, saying “no” doesn’t do this. So what can we do instead?
Find out why your dog is doing the behaviour
The most important thing to do is find out why your dog is performing the behaviour; is it for attention or because they are bored, or perhaps they are frustrated or worried by something? By finding out why your dog is doing this behaviour, we will have the knowledge to reduce the reinforcement for it.You may want to employ a professional trainer or behaviourist if you are unsure the reason behind it.
First we need to stop our dogs from practising the behaviour we do not like by managing the environment. For example, if your dog is chewing your shoes then put them out of the way; if they are barking at people or dogs out of the window then put window film up or do not allow then access to that room.The more your dog practises a behaviour the more reinforced it will become – so reduce them performing it as much as possible.
Teaching our dogs to do something different
If you don’t want your dog to do something, then was is it that you want them to do?
Instead of pulling on lead, I would like my dog to walk nicely by my side
Instead of jumping at the kitchen counters, I would like them to sit in their bed
Instead of chewing my furniture, I would like them to chew their own toys
These changes in behaviour are not going to happen overnight and training will need to be broken down into small manageable pieces first. For example, first getting your dog to go to their bed, then sit on it for a few seconds (without distractions), then for longer periods, then start adding in small distractions.
When teaching our dog to do something else, it is crucial to reward them for each step with something they really enjoy whether its treats, toys or fuss!
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