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.
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.
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
Our dogs have duvets to sleep on and as you can imagine we need a constant supply. Some of the dogs are very good with their bedding but others think it is fun to shred their duvets. We need volunteers with sewing machines to help us cut up donated duvets and hem the edges. If you can help please phone the office on 01202 875000 and we will get you started. Thank you.…read more
We urgently need volunteers for all our shops. If you have a morning or afternoon to spare, please consider helping out. All you need is to be willing to turn your hand to all sorts of shop tasks, from display, to dealing with the customers and sorting the donations. We are a very friendly charity and all we want to do is to be able to help the animals in our care. Our shops are a major source of income but without help from volunteers we cannot keep them open. Please, please consider joining us. If you are interested pop into one of the shops and pick up a form or call the office on 01202 875000 and ask for a volunteer pack. Thank you…read more
Essential oils can contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs and cats so pet owners need to be aware of harmful products and know what the signs are to spot if their pet has come in to contact with the product.
Level of toxicity- Generally moderate to severe, life-threatening.
Common signs to watch out for – Symptoms of tea tree oil poisoning can vary from animal to animal and are dependent on the quantity ingested: Muscle weakness; Loss of coordination; Vomiting; Drop in body temperature; Drooling; Collapse; Depression; Skin rashes;Seizures (in severe cases); Pneumonia (from inhalation).
Treatment – Treatment will depend on the severity of the toxicity. If your dog or cat has been exposed to tea tree oil, call your vet or Pet Poison helpline immediately for advice. You should hydrate your pet so that he/she may respond better to treatment. With quick and proper treatment, your pet should have a good chance of recovery.
Delphic HSE produced this advice after seeing a facebook post about an affected dog.…read more
We have recently had a few queries about whether Waggy Tails takes in dogs from abroad so the Trustees have put the policy in writing …
“As there are so many dogs put to sleep every year in the UK because they are unwanted and homes cannot be found for them, Waggy Tails’ policy is not to import dogs from abroad. We feel that our job is to concentrate on the dogs in this country who need our help.
We believe that it is much more positive to support rescues and charities in those countries than to import the dogs.
All countries have got rescues and welcome support either in terms of funding, or hands on help.
For instance there is a rescue in Sri Lanka which was set up by a lady from the UK and would not be there if she hadn’t organised all her friends, and others, to go and work there and send out funding. To date they have helped thousands of dogs into better lives. They also work with the local people to improve conditions for other animals.
Until breeding legislation is improved and the importing of puppies from abroad is controlled, there will be an increase year on year of dogs being put to sleep here.
Many puppies are now also bred in Eastern Europe in grim conditions and brought over to the UK for sale.”…read more
Waggy Tails Rescue has no association with any other business, large or small or any other organisation. There are a number of dog groomers, trainers, retailers, etc. using the same name. If anyone is using the name Waggy Tails, or similar, it is up to you, the customer, to check it out very carefully.…read more