It takes time to build their trust and learn their likes and dislikes: “I will spend lots of one-to-one time with the dog on their training, providing them with things like activity feeders and toys to keep them mentally stimulated, playing, and walking them. We use our expert knowledge to support that dog on their journey with us, which gives them the best start in their new home.”
The emotional ups and downs
There are plenty of challenges Chris has to face, from the emotional impact of seeing a dog come through the doors with injuries, to learning about the trauma they’ve been through. “We sometimes see dogs who have been severely mistreated and have had their world turned upside down. Because of this, they might be very distrusting of humans.
It can be really upsetting to see injured and mistreated dogs come to Woodgreen, especially when it takes longer to help them recover from whatever they’ve been through. I’m glad I can help make a difference to each individual dog by forming a relationship with them and being part of their journey.”
Chris and his team work closely with Woodgreen’s Pet Advisors to look at the dog’s needs and try to match them to new owners based on the assessments Chris and the team complete. “We’re constantly talking to make sure we can find the perfect home for that dog and the right owner who will be able to continue with their training.”
And finding the right match?
“That’s a feeling that will never get old. It helps reinforce why we’re here and how we make a difference to the dogs we take in. It’s great when you hear from a new owner a few months in, and see pictures of the dog sprawled on the sofa or happily racing around.”