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Dogs Trust - Lucias and Train & Behave

Two very different press releases from Dogs Trust today - one concerning a dog looking for a new home:

LUCIAS - THE DOG FED UP WITH THE BRITISH WEATHER!

Former homeless dog despises the drizzle

Having spent his life on the streets with his homeless owner, you would think that 11 year old Lucias, would be used to the British weather. However, the friendly Staffordshire Bull Terrier has had enough and is now firmly refusing to step foot outside if it rains, even in the slightest drizzle.  

Lucias was brought into Dogs Trust Roden in Telford after his devoted homeless owner fell ill and could no longer care for him. After being treated for a medical condition, Lucias is now looking for a new home where he can spend his retirement.

Dogs Trust Roden Assistant Manager, Kerrie Ridgway, comments:
“Having lived outdoors for so long, we weren’t expecting Lucias to be so determined to avoid the rain. We first noticed his hatred of wet weather when staff tried to take him for a walk when it was just spitting a little. He took one look outside and wouldn’t budge!

“Despite being quite picky about when he will go for his walk, Lucius is a fabulous dog and a real ambassador for Staffordshire Bull Terriers. He is friendly with people and dogs alike.”

Lucias has taken to his new life very well and is looking for a home where any children are over the age of eight.

If you think can offer Lucias the home he needs, please visit Dogs Trust Roden, Roden Lane Farm, Telford, or call 01952 770225.

The other concerns the upcoming Train & Behave Week:

Stop Pulling!!!!
Dogs Trust takes the lead during Dog Train & Behave Week

The Company of Animals is delighted to announce that as part of its third Dog Train & Behave Week (25th July -1st August 2009), it staged a master class on ‘stop pulling’ at Dogs Trust’s Harefield centre in West London on Tuesday 28th July.

Staff, volunteers, canine residents and members of the public were put through their paces learning simple top tips to help train the dogs to walk to heel as part of their positive reward based rehabilitation program.

The drive of this year’s Dogs Train & Behave Week initiative was ‘Stop Pulling’ whilst again raising public awareness of the advantages of having well trained dogs that fit easily into society.

Company of Animals presented ‘Dog’s Trust’ with yellow HALTI Headcollars, which are extremely effective to stop dog’s from pulling.  

Dogs Trust Chief Executive, Clarissa Baldwin, explains “We are really pleased to be working with Roger Mugford’s team – our extensive experience shows that positive reward based training results in happy canine citizens as well as confident dog owners.”

Internationally renowned Animal Psychologist and founder of The Company of Animals, Dr Roger Mugford enthused:

We are delighted to be working with the Dogs Trust as part of our national Stops Pulling campaign.  They do a fantastic job and we are thrilled to get involved and help with training advice and equipment.  Dog Train & Behave Week is a must to lead the way to responsible and informed dog ownership through fun, friendship and teamwork.”

Training your dog to walk to heel is considered the basic pre-requisite of a well-behaved dog. Taking your dog for a walk should be an enjoyable experience for both dog and owner, and one where the owner must be in control at all times!

By taking the lead and getting involved with Dog Train & Behave Week (www.dogtrainandbehaveweek.com) dog owners can learn about the positive reward based training revolution, receiving free expert advice and top training tips from Dr Roger Mugford and his team.

About Dog Train & Behave Week
 An event that raises public awareness that a well trained dog fits nicely in to society. A trained dog is a happy dog and training is the best antidote to counter the raft of anti-dog legislation that is spreading through local authorities nationwide. Its website is a hub of information for all dog owners, the site offers a variety of expert advice that can be downloaded for free.  Covering all aspects of responsible dog ownership from tips to train your dog at home, information about dogs and the law to simple first aid tips, the site also directs owners to their nearest  ‘Stop Pulling’ centre.

Offering pet retailers a rare opportunity to engage with their customers, posters, stickers and leaflets will be supplied in-store, explaining the aims and objectives of Dog Train & Behave Week 2009.

About The Company of Animals
Founded by Dr Roger Mugford, The Company of Animals is the UK’s leading specialist in dog behaviour and training products, all designed to achieve a positive outcome in pets.  COA design and manufacture a wide range of acclaimed products, including the Halti & Halti-Harness, Pet Corrector, Coachies, CLIX training range and much more.  They are also the distributor for the internationally acclaimed KONG range of products.  http://www.companyofanimals.co.uk/

About Dogs Trust
The slogan “A dog is for life not just for Christmas®was the brainchild of Dogs Trust Chief Executive Clarissa Baldwin and is a registered trademark belonging to the charity.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s leading dog welfare charity and has a network of 17 Rehoming Centres across the UK with a new state-of-the-art centre due to open soon in Dublin. The charity cares for over 16,000 stray, unwanted and abandoned dogs each year.

Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy, and will never put a healthy dog to sleep. The charity is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

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