History: Bentley came to Dog Trouble from Binfield Dog Rescue. I spotted Bentley in his kennel during one of our Rescue visits, where we teach and support rescue centres about dog behaviour. The first thing that struck me about Bentley was his beautiful energy, he was so calm and gentle and I knew he would be a great addition to the Dog Trouble Pack helping teach other dogs. He was very depressed for a few months and would just sleep then one day in true lurcher style he did a few sprints around the paddock, then went and sunbathed with the others!
Likes: Sunbathing. Playing with Bear, Ruby, Thea and Ernie. A peaceful life!
Issues: Being a lurcher he has a high Prey drive and will sometimes ‘mouth’ dogs when he’s running alongside them playing.
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Age: 2 years (2018)
History: Bear is the only Pedigree dog I have ever owned! After losing Auste my black labrador 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 I came back with Bear! He is incredibly reliable around dogs, people, kids and other animals and has the most amazing natural recall.
Likes: Loves life! Swimming, running, retrieving and playing with Ollie!
Issues: Bear can be nervous when walking across tile/wood flooring, so we are desensitising him by walking him across it on lead daily.
Breed: Terrier x Chihuahua/Pug...possibly!
Age: Approx 4 years (2015)
History: Pixie was brought over from Zante Strays in Greece. She was very nervous and reluctant to approach people. Olive took her under her wing and protected her from the other dogs in the rescue, so it was only right that we brought Pixie over when Olive came over for her surgery....we couldn't leave her!
Likes: She loves playing with the pack, particularly Ernie and Thea and running on the farm. Now that Pixie has become more confident she loves a sneeky cuddle on the sofa and a head rub!
Issues: Pixie is getting better at coping with sudden movement and new places and her confidence continues to grow as we take her out to parks and town.
Breed: Jack Russell Terrier
Age: 12 years (2008)
History: Freddy spent 3 months in The Dogs Trust, Newbury where he kept getting returned to for biting people. So he came to us with typical ‘Little Dog’ syndrome! We call him ‘The Referee’ as he keeps the pack in order when they get too playful by barking at them and standing in between them! Freddy thinks he's a rottweiler and will step up to defend any dog or himself, which unfortunately resulted in him now having 3 legs! It hasn't deterred him though and he still loves his off lead walks and runs!
Likes: He loves a snuggle on the sofa under a blanket, running and for a dog with 3 legs he’s fast!
Issues: Freddy is an assertive dog that needs rules and boundaries! He needs a bit of space when he first meets people and once he respects you he’s a real character! Obviously being a Terrier squeeky toys are a no go!
Breed: Hellenic Hound Mix
Age: 6 years (2014)
History: Ruby was found abandoned in the mountains in Zakynthos, Greece at 7 weeks old by some tourists. After raising enough money to fly her back to the UK, Ruby grew into a beautiful energetic, fun, cheeky girl. Ruby is amazing at reading a dog's energy and knows when to greet and when to be patient and give space to dogs that are fearful/insecure. She is my 'No1' in helping to assess a dog.
Likes: Sleeping with Bentley on his bed and loves running on the farm hunting squirrels and rabbits. Ruby loves a cuddle on the sofa and is always very respectful in asking first!
Issues: Jumping up, barking in excitement.
Age: 7 years
History: Milo’s owner contacted us when he was about 1 year of age because he had bitten her numerous times when she went to handle him. When I first met Milo 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 too much for her to handle being a working dog and untrustworthy so she agreed to let him join the Dog Trouble Pack. After seeing Sarah at Fitzpatrick referrals it turns out that Milo was born with a part of his lumbar spine protruding into his sciatic nerve, so he would have been in pain from when he was born which certainly contributed to his behaviour issues.
Likes: Milo loves accompanying me on coaching sessions and if he could, would follow me everywhere! Wherever there is water Milo will be swimming! He also loves his morning runs on the farm.
Issues: He is extremely hyperactive due to being in a low level of pain and will sometimes go into a ‘panic’ when having a lead put on, having his feet touched or ears cleaned. So by staying calm and doing ‘touch’ work with him he trusts people more. He is addicted to me and will try to follow me everywhere!
Breed: Spaniel mix
Age: 5 years (2015)
History: Thea is one of Doris’s litter of 5 puppies that were living in a field in Kalamaki, Zakynthos. They were about 5 months old and were pretty much feral. I had been feeding them for weeks whilst out there and there was a terrible storm one day so when I went to feed them I found Thea hiding in the long grass, soaking wet and shaking. She would not have survived so I scooped her up in my jacket and put her in my car. She was fostered out there for a while until we transported her to Dog Trouble. Then a few months later we managed to get her mum and another one of her brothers. When Thea met her mum again in the UK it really brought a tear to my eye, they have such a magical bond and will often play together. We often say that she is always so happy, often walking around with a big smile on her face and wiggling her bottom!
Likes: Something to carry in her mouth- Socks, Plastic bottle…..anything to bring to you! She loves playing with Ernie and Pixie and her mum Doris. ‘Chase’ is her favourite game!
Issues: She will often give a little bark to alert everyone when something is approaching. Travelling in the car is the biggest issue for Thea as she gets incredibly car sick so we are trying a variety of essential oils which seem to be helping with her motion sickness.
Breed: Spaniel mix
Age: Approx 6 yrs (2014)
History: I first saw Doris limping 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. When I had to leave a friend managed to get a lead on her and foster her until she was transported to Dog Trouble. Sarah Girling at Fitzpatrick 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, giving birth and caring for 5 puppies, Doris is one tough chick with an amazing spiritual energy!
Likes: Peace and quiet, affection and playing with her daughter Thea!
Issues: Doris’s only issue is her fear of traffic, quite understandable after her experience of cars!
Breed: Chocolate collie cross!
Age: Approx 4 yrs (2016)
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 in 2018 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. We call him ‘The Bodyguard’ as he loves to lay by my side and keep watch. He is the most loving, loyal dog now that he has a place to call 'home!'
Likes: Being with me and Bear- his best mate!
Issues: Travelling in the car as he gets car sick.