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Unfortunately many dogs arriving at Bristol Dogs and Cats Home already have behavioural problems, often the reason why they have been handed into our care. In addition to this, the kennel environment, with it’s sounds and smells of many other dogs and due to lack of exercise and stimulation resulting in boredom, is inherently stressful. Sadly, the nature of a rescue shelter is such that the elements that cause these negative behaviours are difficult to avoid and unfortunately, potential homers can be put off by the behaviour they witness when walking around the kennels – barking, jumping etc.
Our Animal Behaviourist spends 4 hours a week at the Home carrying out behavioural assessments on our dogs. Some dogs may show significant issues (fear biting, frustration based aggression, dog-on-dog aggression) making them difficult or unsafe to rehome at this time. In most cases, simple behavioural training can lead to dramatic improvements, but the training needs to be constant to take any effect. With the help of the Happy Hounds Appeal we want to improve the welfare of our dogs and increase their chances of finding a new and happy home.


Staff Training - Tutoring all staff in the application of behavioural techniques such as clicker training. Dog-dog aggression is often a problem with dogs in animal homes, reducing their appeal to potential owners. With more specialist behavioural assessments we can look at the risks to handlers (bite risk etc) and provide further 1-1 training with the behaviourist for those dogs with more serious issues, thus giving the dog a better chance for successful rehabilitation. By supporting the Happy Hounds Appeal, you can help provide the professional training and the stimulus these dogs need to turn their lives around and find their new beginning, however long that takes. Sadly, many dogs in our care will struggle to find a new loving home due to the negative behavioural traits that may be a result of the poor start they have had in life.
All Animal Carers need to be involved under the supervision and training of the Behaviourist.
This training system involves rewarding dogs for being calm and, in addition to being mentally stimulating, it can result in a vast improvement on habitually jumping, barking or spinning at the presence of on-lookers.


Therefore, if we can improve their sociability with other dogs we will increase their chances of being rehomed. It can then be carried out on a regular basis to combat common behavioural problems and ensure that dogs with minor difficulties do to not develop into more extreme cases.
Through extreme excitement and frustration his behaviour became so severe that he became dangerous to handle and was a deeply unhappy dog.
Through behavioural techniques she was able to halt his bite behaviour in order to start a positive training programme.



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