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Spalding area residents: why, why why is Deliah looking for a home?

This is Delilah and as you can see, she is a super sweet and adorable girl!

She would like a quiet and calm home as she can be a bit shy.

Deliah will need some time to bond with her new owners so she can’t be left on her own for very long to start with.

Deliah is looking for a home (31828525)
Deliah is looking for a home (31828525)

She would like a home with children aged 14 and above and would prefer to be the only dog in the home, so she can have all of the snuggles to herself!

However, she is happy to walk with other calm dogs when out and about.

If you think you have a cosy spot in your home for a little one, then get in touch with our South Lincolnshire team on 01205 260546 or email slincs@jerrygreendogs.org.uk.

Use a kong toy to entertain your dog (31828451)
Use a kong toy to entertain your dog (31828451)


How to keep your dog occupied during self-isolation

Due to Coronavirus update, we know it can be difficult to keep your dog entertained if you’re having to self-isolate.

There are various games and activities that can help keep your dog stimulated such as the use of Kongs.

Kongs are great for hiding treats and keeping dogs busy. The toy’s opening is small enough to provide dogs with a

challenge, but also big enough for a treat to fall out before they becomes frustrated.

You can make it more of a challenge by freezing the treats inside of the Kong. There are also various puzzles and sensory games available in shops, these games are super popular but can also be homemade yourself.

Sniff and search is one that you can easily make yourself. One way to do this is to hide treats around the house. If you are worried they may not find them, then you could make a game with cake tins and tennis balls.

Simply get a cake tin and a selection of tennis balls, place the tennis balls in the holes and hide a tasty treat underneath some of the tennis balls for your dog to find.

Training tip: how to get your dog to follow the house rules

We all have “rules” in place in our homes for guests and others in the household, such as taking shoes off before coming inside, closing doors behind you, turning the lights off before you leave a room and so many more.

So it seems reasonable enough that we also have rules for our dogs – why is it that they don’t always seem to be followed?

Whether you want your dog to stay off the furniture, not jump up at the kitchen counter when eating food or pull through the front door when going for a walk, 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 changing our mind-set from “I don’t want my dog to do this” to “I would like my dog to do this instead”.

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.”

“I don’t want my dog to pull through doorways; instead I want them to wait by my side until asked to go through.”

Start teaching your dogs to do these other behaviours instead in low distraction environments and gradually build it up so they can 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 allowed on the sofa and take it off when they aren’t and make sure to make the floor a great place to be, put your dog in a different room with something else to do when you are cooking and scatter some 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 most importantly make sure the whole house is following the same rules!

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