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MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Happy ending for Tallulah

Tallulah, a one-year-old Lurcher, sadly came in to the care of our South Lincolnshire centre as a stray.

She didn’t enjoy kennel life when she first arrived with us so we tried to make her feel more settled by letting her share a kennel during the day with a fellow Lurcher, Melvin, for company.

Throughout the day we kept a close eye on them to make sure Tallulah was settling okay and they became very good friends.

Tallulah knew the basics when it came to training but she was nervous of being handled and lacked confidence.

So our trainer and the team worked hard with her and were able to watch her blossom after some one-on-one training.

She also spent a few nights on Bed & Breakfast with our trainer where it was discovered how cheeky she could be as she enjoyed pinching items from table tops and blankets from the sofa!

Out of the kennels Tallulah was a bouncy, playful girl who loved being in the company of other dogs so she made many friends at the centre.

One of her favourite things to do was a game of chase with her fellow furry friends so we knew a home with another dog would make her really happy!

After 11 weeks in our care, we found the perfect family for her, complete with a doggy companion.

Tallulah’s new family says: “She is fantastic, she gets on well with the other dogs and Hazel is her best friend – they even share food bowls!

“She is adored when out and about and people always ask where she is from.

“Tallulah is always gentle with our older dog Finn, they even have soft playtime.

“Both Hazel and Finn are very happy with her and she has blended into the family so well.”

We want to be there for many more years to come for all the dogs like Tallulah that need our help.

If you could help us to do this, we, and all of our Jerry Green dogs, would be so grateful.

You can simply TEXT JERRY to 70201 to donate £1 towards our vital work, or perhaps consider sponsoring a kennel at your local centre for just £1 per week.

Household rules

We all have “rules” in our homes for our family and guests to follow such as taking your shoes off before coming inside, closing doors behind you etc. So it seems reasonable enough that we also have rules for our dogs – but why are they hard to follow?

Whether you want your dog to stay off the furniture or not jump up at the kitchen countertops, we need to ensure we are always consistent with putting these rules in place. This might mean discussing with the entire family what the rules are to ensure everyone follows through.

And you may need to change your mind-set from “I don’t want my dog to do this” to “I would like my dog to do this instead”.

Here are some examples:

· “I don’t want my dog on the furniture; instead I would like them to lay on their bed.”

· “I don’t want my dog jumping up at the kitchen sides; instead I would like them to sit down next to me.”

If you can start teaching your dogs to do these other behaviours in low distraction environments where you can gradually build them up they can then perform them at the desired times. In the meantime, reduce your dog practising the unwanted behaviour where possible. Put a blanket on the sofa, which means they are only allowed on the sofa when it is on and take it off when they aren’t.

If you make the floor seem like a great place to be with treats your dog will enjoy it! You can also put your dog in a different room with something else to do when you are cooking and you can scatter treats at the threshold of the door before opening, so they are eating treats instead of pulling.

Be creative with ideas of alternate behaviours your dog can do instead... and make sure the whole house is following the same rules!

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