Big Thank you for Christmas donations
We would like to say a massive thank you to the staff at Pilgrim Food Services who all kindly donated the gifts in the photo.
Now our dogs could have a wonderful Christmas.
If you would like to donate treats for our dogs this Christmas, please drop by the centre or at Rookes in Spalding as they are also taking Christmas donations for us.
Are you looking for a gentle giant?
Scooby is a beautiful two-year-old crossbreed. He is looking for a home where his owners will take him for lots of walks and who are used to larger breeds as he is sometimes so pleased to see you he forgets to keep his feet on the floor.
He would like to live with children aged 12 years and up that are used to larger breeds. He would like to live with another similar sized dog that would enjoy playing with him. If you think Scooby could be a good match please call us on 01205 260546 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A 'leave it' cue can be valuable in many situations, such as when we drop something off the kitchen counter top to when we walk past something on the street that we don’t want our dogs to have. It is a cue that must be built up gradually so that our dogs have the best chance of success!
Step 1: To start with have your dog in front of you and food in both hands. One hand is going to be in front of the dog’s nose and the other behind your back. The hand in front of your dog is the 'leave it' hand and the treats inside this hand should be less interesting than the hand behind your back.
Present your hand to your dog. They will be very interested in the food in the hand that is in front of their nose and may paw, lick, nibble or chew your hand. Be patient, do not move your hand away and keep it still, as this is much less interesting and your dog will give up quicker.
When our dog backs off from the hand or looks away (it only needs to be slightly), mark this behaviour (e.g. 'good') and reward them with a treat from your hand that is behind your back. Keep repeating this exercise and presenting your hand. Once the dog is consistently leaving the hand alone, swap hands and repeat the process.
Step 2: Keep repeating this exercise with a closed hand and when your dog automatically moves/looks away when you present your hand then we can then add the verbal 'leave it' cue.
Tell your dog to 'leave it' and then present your closed hand - reward your dog if they left the hand alone.
This process starts setting up your dog to be able to leave items alone when asked - have a look at next week’s training tips to see how we can progress this cue further.