Rescue Programme

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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

Name: Sammy
Age: Born March 2018
Breed: Spaniel mix

History: Sammy is a 6 month old, non castrated, Spaniel mix from the Kalamaki Dog Aid programme.  Jo was feeding Sammy as a stray with his mum and siblings for a few weeks and with the support of Zante strays managed to rescue them for rehoming.  Sammy was extremely timid at first which is why he has not yet been castrated but is growing in confidence!  He needs to be with another dog as he looks to them for guidance and support.  Sammy loves his walks and is learning basic commands very well, including recall.  With clear rules and boundaries and the guidance of another dog Sammy is a loving gentle soul.

Likes: Calm environment and being with other dogs and people.  He loves being with Dolly!

Dislikes: Over excited energy and busy households

To meet Sammy and see if you are the right match for him please Email info@dogtrouble.co.uk or call 01189791214.

Dolly and Sammy

Name: Dolly (pictured on the left)
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 info@dogtrouble.co.uk 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 info@dogtrouble.co.uk or call 01189791214.

Name: Poppy  – REHOMED!
Age: Approx 4 1/2 years old
Breed: Spaniel x lab type

History: Poppy (originally called Mirto) was at Zante strays since she was found with her litter in the mountains abandoned.  All her siblings were homed however, maybe because she was the smallest and black nobody wanted her?  She became very shut down over the years and would not come out of her kennel at the shelter due to the noisy environment.  So Poppy was brought over for some rehabilitation at Dog Trouble to help her become more confident and balanced. There is no reason Poppy should not have a home as she is the kindest, most loving dog who is great with dogs and people.  Poppy just needs a home with or without another dog that is quiet and where someone has the time and the patience to continue growing her confidence in different environments.  Once she trusts you Poppy’s recall is great but she will need to be kept on lead/long line until then as if she is spooked she will flight!

Likes: Calm environment, cuddles and loves to play with other dogs!

Dislikes: Loud noises and sudden movement

Name: Garry
Age: Born January 2017 approx
Breed: Setter X Lurcher type

History: Garry was brought over from Zante strays where he had been found dumped in the mountains with his siblings.  As he is naturally a more submissive dog he was being bullied by other dogs at the Shelter and had become a bit nervous.  He is a beautiful cheeky chap who is such fun to be around and will give any potential owner such joy!  He loves playing with other dogs and being with people.  He is shy at first but once he is given some space and time he comes to life!  Great in the house, will find a sofa if given the chance to lounge around!

Likes: Loves being with other dogs and playing

Dislikes: Sudden movement in his space or being grabbed by the collar, he will back off!

To meet Garry and see if you are the right match for him please Email info@dogtrouble.co.uk 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 info@dogtrouble.co.uk 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: foundation@dogtrouble.co.uk

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

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