Rescue Programme

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Rescue Programme 2019-03-13T14:57:23+00:00

Rehabilitation and Rehoming Programme

This programme is for pre-owned or rescue dogs that have undergone rehabilitation and are available for adoption.  There are some cases where Dog Trouble clients realise that they are not a good match for their dog, despite their rehabilitation and ask if we can help to rehome their dog.  Dog Trouble will provide an induction programme and support to potential owners of dogs being rehomed under this programme, which is the best support you will ever get compared to other organisations!  This programme is about matching the right dog with the right owner and giving dogs with behaviour issues a happy forever home!

Current Dogs for Rehoming

Dolly and Sammy

Name: Dolly (pictured on the left) – REHOMED!
Age: Born 2010
Breed: English Setter Mix

History: Dolly is a stray from the Kalamaki Dog Aid programme.  She was dumped probably due to her age/health and was taken in by Zante Strays. Dolly is currently living at Dog Trouble as she had some health issues when she arrived from Zakynthos, Greece.  Dolly is susceptible to conjunctivitis as she has typically droopy eyes!  She also has a heart murmur but is very happy and healthy otherwise.  Dolly is spayed and at her ideal weight now.  Dolly loves everything- dogs, people, kids and would be quite happy living with an older person who is physically able to walk her but does not live a hectic life!  She does have a very high Prey drive as she has been used for hunting in Zakynthos, therefore her recall is developing but will need to be kept on lead and worked on a long line until her recall is reliable.

Likes: Being out in the garden looking for birds and sleeping in her dog bed which she has just discovered is very cosy!

Dislikes: None really but will chase and hunt cats, birds, rabbits etc

To meet Dolly and see if you are the right match for her please Email or call 01189791214.

Name: Tess
Age: Born July 2015
Breed: German Shepherd

History: Tess joined the Dog Trouble Pack as her owners felt they were not able to handle her and she would be happier living with someone else.  Tess like most GSD’s has a high Prey Drive-a desire to hunt, chase, play.  Her excitement can cause her to react to other dogs if she feels challenged by them, however she has responded very well to Remote Collar Training and will recall well.  She is an assertive female and will not get along with other assertive female dogs.  However she does interact well with some of my Pack, mainly the boys!  Tess really deserves a home with someone who has experience of handling a reactive GSD, I know there is someone out there who could give her the calm assertive direction that she responds so well to!  Tess has not had much experience with children and can be reactive to them so would be best in a home without children.

Likes: Dog Agility, Boomer Ball (football), Swimming, Running, Search & Find working her brain!

Dislikes: People who stare at her initially as it makes her feel insecure. Assertive/reactive dogs

If you feel you have the experience to give Tess a home and see if you are the right match for her please Email or call 01189791214.

Name: Mina – REHOMED
Age: January 2018
Breed: F1b Goldendoodle

History: Mina is a loving and loyal but strong willed puppy who would thrive with an assertive and active owner.
She has been brought up in a loving household with 2 other dogs, she is well trained in all basic commands in the house, socialised, crate trained, toilet trained, car crate trained. She has been brought up on a raw diet as well as a conscientious herbal alternative treatment to worms and fleas.
Due to her strong character and high prey drive her current owners are unable to keep her due to their lower energy dog in their pack. Mina would suit a strong owner as an individual dog or with another older calmer energy dog that she will respect. She has lots of energy and will thrive with lots of exercise. In the right environment Mina will be a loving and loyal dog and member of the family.

Likes:long walks/running, chasing sticks and balls and having her ears rubbed in the house.

Dislikes: Mina can be alert to some dogs/people and has been rehabilitated to build her trust and approach towards both in a calmer way.

If you feel you could give Mina the life she needs then please get in touch so that we can see if you are the right match for her! Email or call 01189791214.

Name: Teddy
Age: Born March 2017
Breed: Collie X Zante Special!

History: Teddy (formerly ‘Donut’) had been with Zante Strays since a puppy and became very shut down in the shelter as he is a sensitive chap that just needed some peace and quiet and some direction to build his confidence!  He is now at Dog Trouble getting some rehabilitation to build his confidence.  He is the most loving dog once he trusts you and has the most amazing ‘Pack Drive’ -desire to follow.  He is very gentle and would be a great dog to live with another gentle dog that could guide him along.  Honestly he will be the easiest dog ever he just needs you to be patient and give him time and space, then he will follow you all day long!

Likes: Other dogs, calm energy

Dislikes: Sudden movement, loud noise

To meet Teddy and see if you are the right match for him please Email or call 01189791214.

Happy Endings

These are the dogs that have been successfully rehomed, either from clients who, for various reasons, have been unable to keep their dog and Dog Trouble have agreed to help rehome them, or they are street dogs who struggled to cope with their situation on Zakynthos, and who have been brought over under the Kalamaki Dog Aid programme.

Please help us continue our rehoming work by sending us a donation. You can donate to: Dog Trouble Foundation to support all our work, or help the Foundation’s work with sterilisation and rescue of street dogs under our Kalamaki Dog Aid programme.


Success Stories:  Buddy

During a visit to Appledown Rescue Centre in Bedfordshire in 2014, Jo ‘adopted’ a young homeless dog called Buddy on behalf of the Foundation.

Buddy was originally found with a couple of siblings in a ditch and was fearful to the point of almost being unable to function at all without pooing/weeing himself.

As soon as she saw him, Jo knew that no one would be able to help this dog better than her own pack of balanced dogs who could teach him how to trust, relax and become a dog again.

So, back Buddy came to the Dog Trouble Centre where he was immersed in the day to day life at Dog Trouble and where he lives happily now enjoying his daily pack walks, running and play time in the paddock with the rest of Jo’s pack.

Watch the start of Buddy’s story and see how happy he now is in these two videos.

Meeting Buddy for the first time:

… and here he is at the Centre playing with his pal Bailey:

Rescue Programme

A major goal of the Dog Trouble foundation is to help support rescue centres in the rehabilitation of dogs with behaviour issues to improve their chances of being rehomed.  Many owners seek behaviour advice for their rescue dog in the early stages of adoption due to behaviour issues becoming apparent.

Many dogs are either unbalanced when they first arrive at a rescue or as a result of being in a stressful kennel environment for long periods of time.  Either way, some dogs spend a long time in a rescue due to their behaviour issues, deeming them ‘hard to rehome’. The rescue programme can support rescue staff and volunteers in rehabilitating these dogs to enhance their chances of being adopted.

To help improve the behaviour and well being of dogs within a Rescue environment, Jo developed The Dog Trouble Foundation Rescue Programme, where Jo and the Dog Trouble team provide on-site dog behaviour training and support to staff and volunteers over 2 days.

Topics covered include:

  • Creating a calm and positive environment
  • Fulfilling a dog mentally and physically
  • Assessing a new dog
  • Dog Body Language and Energy
  • Handling dogs with behaviour issues

If you are a rescue organisation and would like further details about how to access our Rescue Programme please Email:

If you would like to make a Rescue Centre Programme application please Contact Us Today!

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