MAN’S BEST FRIEND: A weekly column from the South Lincs Centre of Jerry Green Dog Rescue
Hello there, my name is Gertrude. I have made lots of friends here at Jerry Greens and would love more people to make friends with.
I have been walking out with other dogs but am finding it a little overwhelming when they are in my face, so a home without other pets would be best for me.
But I would like to continue to work up on building up my confidence when out and about on walks.
I feel I would be a bit too bouncy for young children so would prefer a quieter environment, with possibly older children who are used to bouncy dogs.
Please do come and meet me and give me lots of cuddles!
Call 01205 260546 to arramnge to come to meet me.
Therena’s training tips
It is often a good idea to provide your dog with a selection of toys to play with. When choosing toys, take into account their breed type, size and age. Does your dog come under the power chewer category such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers or Rottweilers etc? If so, it might be helpful to try tougher toys that can withstand enthusiastic chewers!
Similarly, a young or senior dog may not be able to play with toys that are too hard or heavy. Tough toys can affect a young pup’s teeth and an older dog may struggle chewing a tougher toy.
A larger toy would not be suitable for a small dog to play with and a large dog may choke on a toy too small for them to play with safely. There are ranges of toys developed specifically for your dog’s life stage, breed and size. Please do stick to toys that are intended for dogs as children’s toys might not be as strong!
It may be helpful to take into account the different functions and textures of the toys you are choosing.
Your dog might have a favourite but it is often good to provide a selection of different textures and materials to pay with.
Try to include some toys that are suitable for your dog to play with on their own, so that you have a way of occupying them when you are unavailable for playtime.
A durable toy suitable to stuff with food is often a wonderful solution when you have visitors, have to work or simply want to watch telly without being disturbed!