Meet The Pack

//Meet The Pack
Meet The Pack 2019-03-13T14:47:05+00:00


Gender: Male

Breed: Lurcher

Age: 11 years

History: Bentley came to Dog Trouble from Binfield Dog Rescue.  I spotted Bentley in his kennel during one of our Rescue visits, where we go in and help advise centres about dog behaviour and work with some of the tougher cases they have in their care.  The first thing that struck me about Bentley was his great energy, he was so calm and respectful amongst chaos and I knew he would be a great addition to the Dog Trouble Pack helping teach other dogs. In true lurcher style when he arrived he did a few sprints around the paddock, then went and sunbathed with the others!

Likes: Sunbathing.  Playing.  Giving a calm, ‘welcome’ to dogs.

Issues: Being a lurcher he has a high Prey drive and sometimes will ‘mouth’ dogs when he’s running alongside them playing.

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Gender: Male

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Age: 1 year

History: Bear is the only Pedigree dog I have ever owned!  After losing Auste my black labrador last year I really wanted to find another one that I could train from a puppy.  So after spending a week Sheepdog training with Katy Cropper she announced that her dog was having puppies soon and was I interested….so a few months later back I came with Bear!

Likes: Loves life! Swimming, retrieving and playing with Ollie!

Issues: None….yet!

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Gender: Male

Breed: Jack Russell Terrier

Age: 11 years

History: He spent 3 months in The Dogs Trust Newbury Centre. Freddy was mildly fearful of unknown environments, some people and objects and has obviously learned to react with a ‘fight’ response when being in situations where he feels threatened. Due to this he came to us with typical ‘Little Dog’ syndrome doing his own thing!

Likes: He loves running and for a dog with short legs he’s fast! He loves playing ball with the pack and his ‘cat bed’ is his favourite sleeping place. Patch and Freddy are best mates!

Issues: He is an assertive dog so needs rules and boundaries! Obviously being a Terrier he also has potential to get obsessed with a tennis ball and chasing cars!

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Gender: Female

Breed:French Bulldog

Age: 8 years

History: Nelly was a Boot Camp dog where her owner felt it was best if she stayed at Dog Trouble as it was the wrong match between owner and dog.  She is a real character, great dog!

Likes:  Playing with the boys! Tummy rubs and playing ball

Dislikes:  Unstable energy!

Issues:  Being a Frenchie everything is ‘Eyes and Ears!’  So she gets fixated on anything that moves, which used to be your feet when she first arrived!  You have to be calm when correcting Nelly as she can re-direct on you.

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Gender: Male

Breed: American Bulldog/Boxer Cross

Age: 11 years

History: Jack is an ex boot camp dog who ended up staying at Dog Trouble due to a change in circumstances with his owners.

Likes: Playing ball, sunbathing and running.

Dislikes: Overexcited, disrespectful dogs and people who are too eager to make friends!

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Gender: Male

Breed: Pointer/Spaniel

Age: 8 yrs

History: Buddy was resident at Appledown Kennels, one of our Dog Trouble Foundation Rescue programme recipients. They were concerned about his stress levels and asked us to consider accepting him on our rehabilitation programme.

Likes: Buddy loves a tennis ball to chew on and of course to play with his friends. He loves to be with Auste and Alfie who we use as his ‘Mentors’.

Dislikes New environments, particularly busy places; Loud noises and sudden movement.

Issues: Buddy was a typical example of a dog who had been bred and raised in a poor environment, then dumped along with his siblings. A clear lack of early socialisation meant that Buddy was frightened of ‘life’ and had adopted the flight/avoidance behaviour to survive. Buddy has been at Dog Trouble for nearly 2 years now and is gradually getting more confident with ‘life’. He still goes into ‘flight’ when approached by people he doesn’t know but has learned to trust the Dog Trouble team.

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Gender: Female

Breed: Lurcher Cross

Age: 5 years

History: Ruby was originally having been found abandoned on the roadside in Zakynthos, Greece at 12 weeks old. After raising enough money to fly her back to the UK, Ruby is proving to be an energetic, fun, cheeky girl who loves following in the footsteps of the other Dog Trouble dogs!

Likes: Playing with Bentley and playing with her monkey toy!

Issues: Jumping up, chasing birds.

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Gender: Male

Breed: Tibetan terrier

Age: 6 years

History: Ernie first came to Dog Trouble after his owner won the ‘Guess how many biscuits’ competition at the Dog Trouble Foundation Family Fun Day 2014. The prize was a free consultation with Jo and, after working with him and his family, it became clear that they were not a good match. A decision was made for Ernie to come and live at the centre for a while to undergo rehab and then for Jo and the team to find him a more suitable home. However, Ernie’s lovely energy around other dogs soon made him a valuable member of Jo’s pack so it was decided he should stay with us.

Likes: Playing with Ruby and snuggling up for the night.

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Gender: Male

Breed: Spaniel

Age: 5 years

History: Milo’s owner contacted us because he had bitten her numerous times when she went to handle him.

Likes: Wherever there is water Milo will be swimming! He also loves being in the house chewing an antler!

Dislikes: Unbalanced energy!

Issues: When I first met him at around 14 months old, it was pretty obvious that Milo was a poorly bred dog. His walking/running gait was completely out of balance, often ‘fish tailing’ when he ran and progressively limping on his front leg and skipping on his back legs. He was also extremely hyperactive and would often go into a ‘panic’ when having a lead put on or if anyone tried to handle his feet/legs. So, Milo came into our care permanently and is now undergoing veterinary orthopaedic assessment at Fitzpatrick referrals, as it was clear to me he is in constant discomfort and pain which is contributing to his aggressive behaviour.

Trust has been a big issue for Milo, due to his pain level from his orthopaedic issues, so by staying calm and doing ‘touch’ work with him he has started to trust people more.

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Gender: Female

Breed: Spaniel mix

Age: 4 years

History: Thea was one of Doris’s litter found living in a field in Kalamaki, Zakynthos.

Likes: Something to carry in her mouth- Socks, Plastic bottle…..anything! She loves the pack and is the happiest dog ever!  Thea loves her mum Doris and they are often seen playing together.  ‘Chase’ is her favourite game!

Dislikes: Unbalanced energy in people!

Issues: Although Thea had spent the first 5 months of her life living in a field in Kalamaki she was quite ferrel- nervous, barking and often taking flight when approached. By staying calm and doing ‘touch’ work with her she has started to trust people more.  Also by just having her involved in the daily life at Dog Trouble, has helped, although she will often give a little bark as some people approach but will not take flight anymore!

Travelling in the car is the biggest issue for Thea as she gets incredibly car sick which has prevented her from being re-homed successfully.  So we are trying a variety of holistic treatments to help her get over her motion sickness, including ‘Chill Drops’!

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Gender: Female

Breed: Spaniel mix

Age: Approx 5 yrs

History: I first saw Doris limping about in a field with 5 of her puppies in Kalamaki, Zakynthos.  She was living under a hedge and would slowly creep out as I approached with food and water each day.  Gradually she started to trust me and would take food from my hand but her 5 month old puppies were really nervous and would only come out for food when I moved away from them. My friend Toni from S.O.S kept an eye on them and then managed to get a lead on her and fostered her until she was transported across to the UK.  Sarah Girling at Fitzpatricks Referrals kindly assessed her and found that she had a fractured elbow and a fractured pelvis that had happened some time ago, possibly from a road traffic accident.  So with a broken body, living in a field and giving birth to 5 puppies, Doris is one tough chick with an amazing spiritual energy!

Likes: Peace and quiet, affection and playing with her daughter Thea!

Dislikes: Loud noise/sudden movement and traffic!

Issues: Doris’s only issue is her fear of traffic, quite understandable after her experience of cars!

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Gender: Male

Breed: Chocolate collie cross!

Age: approx 3 yrs

History: Ollie had been living on the streets of Kalamaki, Zakynthos for about 1 1/2 years when he started to hang around with my friends dogs at their villa.  He would follow me when I took my Greek Pack out walking every day, never confident enough to approach me directly but just following along behind.  It was difficult to work out whether he was sociable with people as he had ‘funny eyes’ but in fact when I lived out there for a month last year it became apparent that he just didn’t trust humans due to how he was treated!  Ollie is a very ‘Spiritual dog’  with amazing energy and a very high Pack Drive which makes him a great addition to my pack in helping other dogs become balanced.  He is gradually building his confidence around people and is the most loving, happy dog now that he has a place to call his home!

Likes: To be off lead following the pack and he adores Bear!

Dislikes: Sudden movement in his space, loud people!

Issues: Just barking when he’s in his crate and he wants to be with the Pack!

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