Thursday, 11 August 2022
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Bouncy Benji, first trips to the vet and our new shop!




Hey everyone! My name is Benji, my friends at Jerry Green call me a bouncing bundle of joy! I enjoy spending lots of time outside although I have to admit its even a little too hot for me at the moment. I have yet to discover the joy of toys, apparently I’m missing out but to be honest I don’t know what all the fuss is about but maybe one day I can learn. One thing I do love is food! Now that really is the way to my heart. I have learnt to sit recently, which is great, as every time I do it I get something tasty! I can’t wait to learn lots more tricks so that I can get lots more treats. I would love a home where they are willing to teach me lots of new things. I would be looking for an adult-only home or a family with older teenagers, as I am still getting used to being around people and having fuss, so I think children would be too much for me. I could, however, live with a four-legged friend if we are happy with each other after successful introductions at the centre. Bye for now, but I hope to find my forever family soon.

Training tips

No matter their health status, breed or age, all dogs will inevitably need to make a visit to the vet at some point in their lives.

Making these visits as pleasant as possible is relatively simple and can make the whole experience better for yourself, your vet and your dog.

For most dogs, their first experience of a veterinary practice is when they have their puppy vaccinations and/or when they are spayed or castrated as a young adult.

While it may not seem like it, these early visits can leave quite an impression; veterinary practices look, sound and smell quite differently to most other places your dog visits.

It doesn’t need to be a great deal of time, but occasionally sitting in the waiting room feeding your dog something extra tasty (chicken or chopped sausage are rarely rejected!) so they can associate being in the veterinary environment with receiving something enjoyable. You can even focus your dogs’ mind on something other than the unusual sights, sounds and smells by practicing some of the behaviours or tricks they already know well and reinforcing these with rewards.

If your dog is especially nervous, you may need to begin by sitting outside the veterinary practice and feeding your dog there. Dogs won’t usually eat when they are very anxious, so this is a good indicator of your dog’s emotional state at that time. Gradually build up to being near the door of the veterinary practice, then spend a few minutes inside feeding your dog before leaving.

Short, regular sessions are can be more effective than long, irregular sessions, so integrate veterinary trips into your weekly routine for the best results.

Most veterinary practices will be more than willing to have you and your dog spend a few minutes in the waiting room now and then. It is beneficial to them for your dog to be comfortable in their environment; it can save them time and builds a relationship with yourself.

Most veterinary staff will be happy to help your dog feel more at ease around them so if somebody is available, hand them some of your treats and see if they would like to feed your dog. The more positive experiences your dog has with veterinary staff the more comfortable they will be around them in future.

Next week we’ll look at what to do when you have to visit the vet for real!




Stocking our new shop

Do you enjoy buying goodies for your four-legged friend? If so, we need your help!

Due to our recent rebuild, we are looking to restock our shop area in the hope that we can have something for everyone. If your dog has a favourite toy or something that they have really enjoyed playing with, then please get it touch with our centre.

Hopefully, with your help, we can get our shop stocked and bare walls filled in no time. We hope to hear from you soon!

Telephone: 01205 260546 Email:


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