South Lincolnshire's Jerry Green Dog Rescue is asking if you fancy a Bagel this Valentine's Day?
Could you offer sofa space to the beautiful Bagel, who has not had the best start in life.
Bashful Bagel came to Jerry Green after several weeks of wandering the streets alone.
He was very worried when he first arrived and didn’t know who to trust!
However, it certainly didn’t take him long to make friends with the team at South Lincs site in Algarkirk and with furry friends at the centre.
He is a cheeky chappy but he does need understanding owners who can help him settle into life in a home.
If you have a Bagel shaped hole in your heart this Valentine’s Day please call us on 01205 260546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Challenging the misconceptions of Sighthounds
Sighthounds are a dog that were originally bred for speed and for hunting. Over the years, as with most breeds, they now come in all shapes and sizes!
They often tend to get over looked in rescues which means they often stay in kennels longer than other breeds due to no fault of their own.
A big misconception is that they need a lot of exercise when in fact, they are sprinters, not marathon runners! So they enjoy a long walk in the countryside like any dog every now and then, but more often than not, they’re happy with 30-45 minutes of walking a day.
They are often very affectionate and loveable couch potatoes who love nothing more than cuddling you on the sofa. When relaxed, you’ll find them in their favourite sleeping position known as roaching. This is where they lay on their backs with their long legs in the air at every angle!
So next time you spot a Sighthound when looking for your next dog, please look twice and consider making some space on your sofa for a loveable clown!
Training tip: Teaching your dog to do a u-turn
Teaching a dog to walk the opposite way on cue is useful for a number of reasons, from simply changing direction on a walk to creating space between a dog and other dogs, people or other things in the environment we might want to move away from.
To start your practice you will need some treats that are easily visible if dropped on the floor and an open space that is big enough to turn around in.
Step one: your dog can be on or off lead, but should be focusing on you. If they are a little distracted, you can always feed a few treats to get them looking at you.
With your dog focusing on you say “this way” and toss a treat low to the floor in the opposite direction to where they are facing. Let them eat the treat and repeat, always tossing the treat in the opposite direction. Repeat at least 10 times before moving onto the next step.
Step two: Say “this way” and now quickly turn to walk in the opposite direction tossing a treat low to the floor as you go.Take several steps in the same direction and practice in the opposite direction.
Step three: Say “this way” and quickly turn to walk in the opposite direction, if you dog follow use your marker word (e.g. “yes”) and reward with a treat – this can be thrown on the floor or given from your hand at this point.
Make sure during this step your treat only comes after your dog has turned around and you’ve used your marker word. If your dog does not respond, do not pull them with you, simply stop and return to the previous step.