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By Spalding Today Columnist

It’s amazing the amount of support we receive.

We are always so grateful for all the generous donations we receive from our supporters, whether it is a bag full of towels or some treats for the dogs, we love it all.

This week we had a lovely donation from Madelaine at Roythornes Solicitors, who were collecting donations as part of National Dog Month. Our girl Rosie came out to thank them for their kind generosity.

Rosie and Madelaine. (12096500)
Rosie and Madelaine. (12096500)

We also have had a kind donation of knitted blankets from staff and residents of Holbeach Hospital, who have been knitting over the last few weeks to be able to provide some cosy bedding for the dogs.

There are lots of ways to support our centre, we are always looking for ways to spoil our dogs so love receiving lots of tasty treats/hotdogs is always a brilliant way to support us or if you’d like to support on a regular basis why not sign up to Regular giving.

Would you have enough energy to keep up with our girl Dixie!

Dixie is a loveable youngster with bags of energy, she loves to be on the go and explore lots of new places.

So if you enjoy hikes up mountains then our girl could be the one for you!

Dixie loves other dogs and would love to have a home where she gets to mix with dogs on a regular basis or live with. She such a friendly girl with everyone she meets!

Dixie. (12096498)
Dixie. (12096498)

If you would like to know more about Dixie please contact the centre on 01205 260546 or email slincs@jerrygreendogs.org.uk

Training tip

This week we are going to look at worried travellers, focussing on dogs that are scared to approach vehicles. The training to overcome their fear of vehicles must be taken at your dog’s pace and can sometimes take a long time.

Have your dog on a loose lead and walk near to the vehicle, make sure you are rewarding you dog with something tasty whenever they are looking comfortable.

Also make sure you are looking for signs that your dog is uncomfortable (lick lipping, wide eyed, avoidance) and if you get to this stage you are edging over their threshold limit, so take a step back.

Once your dog is happy to approach the vehicle you can introduce an opened door/boot as they approach, be sure not to open the door/boot while the dog is present as the noise and movement may worry them.

Again, reward your dog for being close to the vehicle. Once they are comfortable around the vehicle you can start to lure them in using food, place some food close to the edge of the seat/boot so that your dog can reach it by being on the outside.

These rewards can slowly be moved further in to the vehicle so your dog has to reach further and they will hopefully start to lift their paws into the vehicle and eventually be inside.

If your dog more interested in toys you can always use this to help your dog feel comfortable and maybe play ball around the vehicle and throw the toy in when it gets to that stage.


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