SHOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE THE CANINE BEHAVIOUR SHELTER COURSE RUN AT YOUR SHELTER EITHER IN GAUTENG, OR CAPE, JUST GET IN TOUCH. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A PARTICIPANT ON THE SHELTER COURSE, JUST CONTACT US. HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ON THE ACTUAL COURSE
Danie While at Fallen Angels in May this year, we were asked to help with gorgeous Danie. She absolutely loves people but can be something of a hand-full - to put it mildly! When being taken our for a walk, she would lunge, twist, spin, throw herself on the ground, and when you started to actually walk with her, a dislocated shoulder was a possibility! She xcwas also not adverse to giving a little nip to her handler, due to total over-excitement. She also got so excited passing other dogs that unless she had a toy in her mouth, would go totally over the top. In a few short sessions, this beautiful girl was Sitting, Downing, walking on lead beautifully, going through gates with not problem. If you click on the picture of Joe with her by the gate, you will see the huge smile on his face! Danie is still being worked and will make the most amazing companion for one lucky family.
The Calming Procedure - Normally people going to say hello to a dog in a shelter, results in the dogs jumping up at the fence, pushing each other out the way, getting over-excited, and often fights break out. If we bear in mind that there is only a 20 second period where an emotional connection is made with a potential adopter, with the behaviour above, it is doubtful that will happen. By bringing in the FODS Calming Procedure, not only are the dogs stress levels reduced, fights are less likely to break out, and, most importantly, the dogs can really be seen as being better behaved and the chances of an emotional connection with a potential adopter more likely.
Walking on Lead - Dogs on the program are taught to walk quietly and calmly on lead which makes them much more adoptable. Additionally, walking quietly and calmly lowers stress and the chances of reactive behaviour towards other dogs
Lily's Story - Lily was not coping in the shelter and went to live with her new mom, hoping that this would bring her our of her shell. After 3 months there was no improvement - she stayed in the kennel and would eat and go outside at night when her mom had gone to bed - this is the point we got involved. Her mom was shown some techniques to make Lily feel more secure, as well as some TTouch. Below, over a 2 month period, you can see her progress. Lily is now a much more secure and confident dog and interacts with her mom, lies in the lounge with her and sleeps in her bedroom. Lily is still a work in progress but with the confidence she has gained as well as trusting her mom, we are all sure that Lily will fully develop her confidence.
Groundwork in the Playground (Central Park) After the shelter course held at Fallen Angels in 2017, they realized how important it was to have a place for the dogs to be able to run together off lead and where Groundwork could be done with the dogs. The groundwork helps dogs to develop balance, co-ordination, develop confidence, stimulates them mentally and helps to build a bond with humans.
TTouch - TTouch plays a major role when it comes to working with dogs in shelters and the difference it makes, really does need to be seen to be believed. TTouch is taught on the Shelter Course and used daily on the dogs in the program and in the shelter when possible.
Basic Exercises - dogs on the program are taught all the basic exercises to make them more adoptable. Learning these skills, also helps the dogs to de-stress, build confidence, stimulates them both mentally and physically - the dogs are also taught how to play.
Behaviour Sessions - here are some pics of adopters with the new addition to the family after having had their private session. We also keep in touch with adopters so that we can help to solve any potential problems. There is also a picture of a group on a shelter course.