Stewarts Garden Centres at Broomhill and Christchurch have just started selling a range of Cat and Dog accessories and treats by Zoon. They presented a large dog bed, filled with assorted toys and treats to Ginny and Roz with Fletcher and Louis at their Christchurch store ahead of the launch. We were then invited along to the store for their Dine and Demo evening to help launch the new in store area.
Our Christmas cards and 2020 Calendar are now available in our shops or from the office. Cards are £2 for a pack of four. There are two different packs of rehomed dogs and a 4 pack of the cartoon Waggy Tails dog. Calendars can also be purchased through ebay follow the link here:-
This year we have been adopted by Intergage as their Charity partner. On Thursday 12th October Ginny, Myra and Ross were invited to their offices, as they had a surprise for us. They are updating our website for us and after a review of the progress, the whole workforce came in to listen to a short talk about the history of Waggy Tails. We were then presented with a cheque for £863.20 – a magnificent sum which will be put to good use to benefit the dogs. Ross behaved impeccably, apart from sticking his head in the waste paper bin when we arrived and taking out the contents very gently. Our thanks go to everyone who is working so hard to help raise money.
Dog owners are being warned about a deadly infection.
There have been 45 cases of lungworm reported across Dorset.
This number includes 16 in the greater Bournemouth area, two in Christchurch, three in Blandford and two in Poole.
Lungworm can be fatal to dogs – nine per cent of infected dogs will die – and it is spreading throughout the UK.
The full article can be seen on the Echo website:-
On the first Saturday of each month we hold our Dog Presentation, starting at 10am at West Parley Memorial Hall, BH22 8SQ. The dogs in our care are brought along by their Foster parents so that prospective adopters can see them and learn a little more about their lives so far. The presentation is followed by time to view the dogs on the field behind the hall and then the Induction Meeting at 11am which all prospective Adopters are required to attend. We advise you to arrive by 9.45am as car parking is at a premium. We start promptly and ask you to be punctual as latecomers disrupt the presentation. We look forward to seeing you and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions. Please ensure that you have suitable footwear for the field.…read more
In July 2015 we went to a Waggy Tails Meeting at Parley Hall ready to have an introduction to all the dogs needing a new home. We weren’t sure we were quite ready to adopt a dog but wanted to start the process.
If you shop with Amazon you can now help us at the same time by choosing Waggy Tails Rescue as your Amazon Smile charity. No extra cost to you but we get a little of their vast profits!
Sign in to smile.amazon.co.uk on your desktop or mobile phone browser. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page and then select the option to Change your Charity. Just type in Waggy Tails Rescue & select us.
I have spoken to many owners of rescue dogs whose behaviour has deteriorated rapidly a week or so after adoption. This is almost always because of the dog becoming stressed, and this often occurs accidentally whilst the owner is trying to do what they feel is the right thing.
My suggestion is that a new rescue dog should settle in the home for a good few days before attempting to take him out for walks. Don’t arrange any visitors to the home for at least several weeks. Establish a den for your rescue dog at home, where he can be sure he won’t be disturbed by anyone. Let him have access to this space as much as he needs or wants and regularly scatter some bits of food in his area for him to forage. A few activity toys such as Classic Kong and treat ball toys left in his area should encourage him back again and again. Whilst we do want a rescue dog to bond with us, we do not want to encourage an excessively needy bond. Short periods left to his own devices in his safe space will set him up towards being able to cope on his own. This safe place can be improved by plugging in an Adaptil diffuser (Adaptil is a synthetic form of the mother dog’s pheromones she produces after giving birth and reduces anxiety in dogs). You can also try playing classical music for him, as this can be calming for many animals.
Only after your dog appears to settle and feel relaxed should you think about taking him out for a walk. If you don’t know his background, just assume he has no experience of the outdoors and introduce him to it as if it was his first time. Take him to quiet, calm areas first, away from too much traffic and people. If he copes well with this, then you can always take him somewhere a little more exciting in a few days. Keep the walks short and fun so that he does not become stressed. If you approach your rescue dog in this way, your dog will gradually start to feel safe and secure with you, trusting you to keep him safe and start to develop confidence in his world. For some dogs this can take many months. If you are unsure, it is better to consult a qualified dog behaviourist so that you can develop a structured plan towards helping your rescue dog to settle in to his new world.
Denise Nuttall – Dog Behaviourist & Trainer, M.Res, B.Sc (Hons). Full Member APBC. Full Member of TCBTS. MAPDT 00963.