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BH Coastal Lottery – help support Waggy Tails by buying a ticket.

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Dog Presentation – next 2nd March 2019

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

Amazon Smile – please join and support Waggy Tails

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.

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Echo post – Dog owners beware

Follow the link to the echo article about Chlamydia risk for dogs.

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/17354393.chlamydia-risk-for-dogs-that-have-been-in-contact-with-bird-poo-or-carcasses/?ref=erecread more

Starting Life with Your Rescue Dog – by Denise Nuttall

 
Don’t try too hard.I work with a lot of owners of rescue dogs. Many rescue dogs can settle in well, but an awful lot find it difficult. I find that looking at dogs from the human perspective is helpful in drawing comparisons as to how they might feel. Yes, I am afraid to say that I believe anthropomorphism can be a good thing and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise (unless they are trying to suggest that your dog will be unhappy unless he is wearing Gucci…. In which case, that is another matter!)During the second world war, to keep them safe from the Blitz, many children living in London were shipped to the countryside to live with strangers; however, many of these children struggled emotionally to cope with being separated from their family and moved into a different environment (country versus city).  Many suffered long term emotional damage because of this emotional disruption. If you compare this to the experience of a dog being  re-homed, I feel sure their feelings are similar.  Yet, many dogs have gone through this several times before arriving at their “forever” home. I think it is fair to say, a dog that has been re-homed often feels insecure, anxious and frightened. Some may even feel frustrated and angry.

From the owner’s perspective – wanting to do the right thing – the first thing they often do is to take their new dog out for a lovely long walk; meet their family, friends and lots of dogs and book them onto the first available dog training classes – and that is just on the first day! This is done in the belief that this dog will enjoy it, because, after all dogs like other dogs and people, and they all love long walks. Not so much actually. It may surprise some to find that a rescue dog often just wants to figure out where home is and who he should trust first and this can take time. They need a lot of recovery time. Rest is a big part of this. If these dogs, whilst in a stressed state, are exposed to lots of different stimuli, it is likely that they will quickly reach crisis point. It is better to take things nice and slowly with them. This is when it is very useful to be aware of how to read canine body language in fine detail so that you can evaluate how well your new friend is coping.

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.

 

 

 

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Bridge Supper Fundraiser

On Saturday 20th October John Colley organised a Bridge supper and raised the magnificent sum of £423 for Waggy Tails.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and they hope to do more in the future.  Our thanks also to Ken Thomas for introducing us to his Bridge playing friends.…read more

Volunteer Fundraisers wanted

Fundraising helps us to supplement the income from our shops and look after more animals at the Sanctuary. Could you help organise the events we currently have and  come up with some fresh ideas to help us?  If you are interested please contact us on 01202 875000 for more information or download a volunteer form from the website.…read more

Christmas Hamper Raffle – Hays Travel, Ferndown

Hays Travel in Pennys Walk, Ferndown held a Christmas Hamper Raffle in aid of Waggy Tails.  They raised a grand total of £212.82.  Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket to help the dogs, it is very much appreciated.…read more

Coffee Morning – The Thirsty Bird, Wimborne – 3rd October

Thank you to everyone who joined us for coffee and cake at the Thirsty Bird. We raised just over £90 and met lots of lovely people. Georgie the owner, Jessica & the rest of the team made us very welcome.

 

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Variety Show – Saturday 8th September

Thank you to everyone who supported the concert on Saturday.  It was a very enjoyable evening.  Thank you to Conduent who sponsored it and to all the artistes who freely gave their time.

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