You may or may not know that both myself and Bev from In Line Dog Training ( have just completed a 5 day training, instructing and handling course at the Darlington Dogs Trust where we worked with a rescue dog each. The point of the course was to help the rescue dogs which have spent a long period of time in kennels to achieve the required elements of the British kennel club good citizen test to the bronze level. This will hopefully help make the dogs more attractive to the public but more importantly it gave the dogs some individual contact with a person and let them bond and above all made life a little more interesting from the kennel walls they normally spend most of their time. Unfortunately they now have to just hope a new owner is soon to be found. Both the dogs we worked with passed 10 out of 10 of the elements.
If you want to help or support the dogs trust you can contact them at
The dogs looking for new homes are on the website if you want to see if they have found new homes yet. I had Holly a black collie cross GSD and Bev had Alfie a Collie cross

We have been offered a place and a chance to go to India to do a similar thing, we would be working with and advising people who work with animals to help improve welfare in rescue and welfare of street dogs in India. This is a once in a life time chance and it would mean leaving my girls and Wayne for a month but I can’t turn down the chance. The course is being run by John Rogerson(
John Rogerson is the founder and principal lecturer of the Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour is now widely acclaimed as the world’s leading dog trainer and behaviourist, having pioneered the majority of techniques that have now become standard practice in behaviour therapy and training. John is the author of no fewer than eight books, has produced two DVDs and has run courses on training and behaviour

John has kindly offered support in the raising of funds for the trip and I am happy to be able to offer one of his books which has been a must have on my shelf for many years and I still refer to it on a regular basis
John Rogerson book ” In Tune With Your Dog”
An owners guide to training and improving behaviour.

From the inside jacket cover:
From the choice of a puppy and its early training, John Rogerson moves on to dog behaviour and the common problems that can arise – from jumping up and barking for attention to more serious problems like fighting and biting. He shows how, by understanding the cause of the problem, and learning to re-channel natural instincts, even the most anti-social behaviour can, with patience, be reversed. He shows how the most humane methods are also the most effective and how the process of training itself can be a pleasurable experience, strengthening the bond between owner and dog.
Offering a fascinating insight into the mind of a dog, and a wealth of sound practical advice, this is an essential book for every dog owner – whether the animal is a family pet or a high-bred competition dog. IN TUNE WITH YOUR DOG will make for wiser owners and better behaved dogs – and a richer relationship between the two.

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