Friday, 19 September 2014

Dogs Trust Evesham - Newt Sanctuary

The ecology here is so rich and valuable to our centre and we are working to ensure all steps are made during our rebuild to preserve the natural balance here at Dogs Trust Evesham. From Bats in our education centre to Great Crested Newts in our pond our aim is to keep our centre enriched with wildlife. As the current pond is so close to the building work we need to ensure their safety is taken seriously and their habitat could be at risk. For this reason we are building a brand new pond built with them in mind, away from the rest of the rebuild in one of our fields here. We will be trained on how to safely transfer the newts from one pond to the other when they are ready for transfer.

That is not all we have here, in fact on a beautiful summers day whilst walking dogs in our fields you will often be accompanied by swifts darting around catching insects around your feet! They will be provided with bird boxes as will some of the other bird species we have here – all tailored to their requirements and hidden in the trees when we are rebuilt. We have Foxes, Buzzards, the occasional kestrel, Sky larks and a whole host of other birds, insects and mammals – We have even heard Tawny Owls hooting from the woods behind us!

The bats will have a brand new pad to call their own instead of living in the education centre loft, they are being provided with “bat friendly accommodation” in our new maintenance barns and dark corridors around the site to ensure safe navigation.

The newts will have a new pond and after the breeding season when they naturally return to our current pond, they will be relocated to their brand new habitat which should cater for all of their needs. As our newts have been breeding this year we are hoping that they will continue to breed and become a treasured and rather special addition to our site!

We are working closely with the environmental agencies to ensure everything is done correctly and we are very proud to have such a vibrant and diverse site. We do not just love the dogs here – but all of the animals we are surrounded by!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hooray For Ray!!

At the end of August we received a very exciting telephone call from former boxer and builder Ray Bulloch who owns R&G Builders and Property Maintenance

Ray called to say that he would very much like to donate over £1000 to us in form of toys and treats for all of the dogs in our care - which obviously we were really very grateful for!

Kind Ray wanted us to decide what he ordered for our curious canines so swung by Head Office in his amazing pink builders van - to let us choose the gifts for our dogs.

Ray with office dog Daniel

Hannah in our Ops Department had great fun choosing lots of fun toys and treats, which have already been delivered to Dogs Trust Harefield - and will be distributed to all of our centres! 

We are so so grateful for Ray’s kind gesture, and on behalf of all of the dogs in our care want to say a great big THANK YOU!

You can find out more about Ray and R&G Builders and Property Maintenance on his Facebook page!


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Dogs Trust Loughborough: Luna's Video Blog

Luna is a 2 year old Alaskan malamute that currently lives here at our Loughborough centre. She is currently looking for an active home who will give her the mental and physical stimulation she needs. Ideally she will live in a home that will work her either canie x or cart pulling to give her the right amount of exercise.

The reason we have done a video blog for Luna is to show the work we have been doing with her to help improve her welfare also work on a few of her flaws. The video blog is focusing on teaching Luna a trick routine, this may seem to only be teaching her just a few ‘cute’ tricks but by learning new things in a fun positive way she gets a lot of mental stimulation which helps relieve her stress levels.

Week one is just practicing moves she already knows and getting her used to training in an inside environment. In week one I also show some of the training I have been doing with her at the vets as she does not like anyone touching her if she does not know them, this is so I can check her eyes, ears, nose, mouth and paws for the vets with no complications. Thank you for watching, keep checking back for week 2.

Luna’s Video Blog Week 2
This week Luna enjoyed her lovely offsite adventure to the iconic Beacon Hill maze which she really enjoyed. In the training barn I have started linking some moves together that could be used in the final routine. In the video I also demonstrated the training that she has been going through to help her remain calm and easy to groom as she needs daily grooming. It is all positive reinforcement based and I give her a treat on regular intervals when she remains calm, if she wants to get up and sniff around I allow her to until she is ready to continue. 

Luna's Video Blog Week 3

In this week’s blog we give Luna her feed in a bag attached to a rope being dragged along the ground so she has to chase her food to get her dinner, this is just one of many idea’s that we have came up with to provide enrichment here at Loughborough. Enrichment is a part of daily routine with all the dogs here at dogs trust Loughborough and it helps to keep the dogs mind and body active. This week I had been working on a new trick for her to learn which she was doing really well at so there is a short clip to show her progression with this trick. I did some more or her trick’s routine outside where there are more distractions before moving indoors to Link a few more moves together so I could work out a routine to go through with her.