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Jerry Green Dog Rescue would like a forever home for Sir Charles Weston!

By Spalding Today Columnist

Sir Charles Weston loves to snooze! He will find the comfiest spot in the house and happily snooze the day away. When he is not napping, he loves to go out for long walks and is very good on his lead.

Charles is looking for an adult only home, where there are no other pets, as he loves to have the place to himself.

If you would like to know more about Charles, please contact the south Lincs team on 01205 260546 or slincs@jerrygreendogs.org.uk

Sir Charles Weston would love to snooze with you. (6090864)
Sir Charles Weston would love to snooze with you. (6090864)

Could you give a gift to put under our special tree?

Our dogs would love to receive some gifts this year while they are staying in kennels waiting for their new homes.

We are asking for people to put together some shoeboxes of tasty treats and toys for them to play with over the festive period. The dogs will be spoilt with a lovely Christmas dinner on Christmas day and spend their day with staff getting to open their lovely gifts!

If you would like to help the dogs out and bring them a gift please drop it by the centre and we would also like to send a big thank you to everyone who has already dropped off some presents. Our tree is looking very Christmassy now! The dogs are going to love their Christmas!


Training tips

Last week we looked at clicker training. We found out that it was a method of letting your dog know (using a handheld device which makes a ‘click-click’ sound) that they have performed the correct behaviour and that a reward was coming – a sort of ‘bridge’ to allow you to fine tune the timing of your rewards. It ‘buys’ you a moment or two to be able to deliver the treat.

This week, we can see how to ‘charge’ your dog to the clicker. This means that your dog will associate the click sound with a treat.

To do this, click, then reward your dog with your chosen reinforcer (eg small pieces of food). Click, then feed, wait a few seconds, click, then feed. The aim is to be able to click the clicker when your dog is not looking at you and s/he turns towards you expecting a reward.

You may need to spend a few sessions ‘charging’ before your dog will reliably turn towards you when they hear the click. Try to use this test only once to see if your dog responds, as the clicker is not intended to be used as a method to gain your dog’s attention.

The simplest way to encourage your dog to perform a desired behaviour is to lure it with food. For example, when training ‘sit’, hold a treat above your dogs’ head. As your dog looks at the treat, s/he will naturally sit down. Click as your dog's bottom touches the floor and then reward your dog.

Once your dog has learnt the behaviour, you can start to pair it with a verbal or visual cue and slowly phase the clicker out.

There are some golden rules to follow when clicker training:

* Always follow a click with a treat, even if you click in the wrong place!

* Only click once.

Next week, we can look at shaping behaviours as an alternative to luring and how it can be used for slightly more complicated behaviours.


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