In the lead up to World Animal Day on the 4th October, we at DickiesStore want to honour all those committed men and women who dedicate their time to rehabilitating and rehoming rescued dogs across the UK. Thinking of adopting? Find out more about these special shelters below as well as some super handy tips for walking your four legged friend!
Animal Shelters in the UK
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Source: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Battersea has been rehoming dogs of all ages and sizes since 1860. Since inception, they have helped care for over three million animals, taking in over 8000 dogs and cats a year. Situated in London, they care for pets until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes.
Find a pet here: http://bit.ly/1KQi1en
GET INVOLVED: http://bit.ly/1Kdj9VR
All Dogs Matter
Source: All Dogs Matter
All Dogs Matter rescues and rehomes dogs in London, Norfolk and surrounding areas. Their team of passionate dog-lovers works hard to rescue as many homeless dogs as possible. With help from foster carers, volunteer drivers and community support they seek to help find dogs their forever homes.
Find a pet here: http://bit.ly/1iukhek
GET INVOLVED: http://bit.ly/1NJkKoW
The RSPCA is one of the longest standing and best known animal welfare centres across the globe. Last year alone their branches rehomed 53, 263 animals. They provide help for all types of animals from dogs to horses. To help encourage adoption, every animal is already microchipped, vaccinated and neutered, meaning that you don’t have to worry about some of the most expensive medical costs that come along with a new dog.
Find a pet: http://bit.ly/1OaZfPd
GET INVOLVED: http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved
Blue Cross for Pets
Source: Blue Cross
Blue Cross helped 8000 pets through its rehoming centres last year. Thousands of cats, dogs, horses and small pets come to their hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment. They also seek to educate future pet owners with free talks and workshops across the UK to promote responsible pet ownership.
Find a pet: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/rehome-pet
GET INVOLVED: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/support-us
Source: Animal Refuge
Caring for over 4000 pets on average per year, Animal Refuge provides education to pet owners, a home for animals as well as the best possible treatment available.
Find a pet: http://www.animalrefuge.co.uk/
GET INVOLVED: http://www.animalrefuge.co.uk/get-involved/
Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Dog:
Taking on a dog is a huge responsibility, and not one to be taken lightly at that. Here are some things to consider before adopting.
- Is your property big enough?
- Do you work late hours?
- Do you have time to walk your dog?
- If you already have a pet, would they get along with another dog?
- Can you afford the vet bills, food and grooming?
- Where will you be in five years’ time; does a dog fit into your life plan?
- Would a large or small dog suit your family best?
- If you get a puppy, do you have the time to housetrain it?
Dog Walking Tips to Get You Started
One of best parts of welcoming a furry friend into your family (besides the cuddles) is being able to explore the great outdoors with them. Dog walking can be hard work if your pup isn’t properly trained though. See below for some great dog walking tips to get you started!
- Walk in front of your dogs – This helps to assert you as a pack leader and gives your dog confidence.
- Calm your dog before leaving the house – Training them to sit before you embark on your journey sets the tone for the rest of the walk.
- Use a short leash – If your dog is unruly, try using a shorter leash for more control during training. Keep longer leashes for later when they have been fully trained.
- Change directions – Is your dog pulling? Simply turn around and briskly walk in the other direction. This helps to teach them about what happens when they pull.
- Reward your dog – Make your dog WANT to follow by your side and return to you when you call by positively reinforcing this behaviour with rewards. Be sure to name this behaviour out loud so the dog knows what action lead to the treats.
- Bring a bowl with – your dogs can expend a lot of energy and fluid running around. Remember to bring a collapsible water bowl and water bottle with to help cool them down on hotter days.
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