Rehabilitate Dogs

The hardest thing in the world is seeing an animal being abandoned or given up on due to the world’s inability to understand it.

From the time a dog is born, through to adult hood, it needs a range of awareness and interaction with different environments, noises, people, and other animals.

The amount of exposure to different things and environments during the dog’s life, assists in the dog being relaxed, confident and socialised. This contributes to them living a happy and fulfilling life.

Unfortunately a lot of dogs don’t receive the right care and training from the start.

When people take on a dog, they have the outlook that dogs are meant to fulfil their (owners) life, however people are just as much responsible to fulfil and make sure that they are their for their dogs- giving them what they require, in every area, not just the ones that they think make the dog happy.

Due to peoples busy lifestyles, how dogs communicate and why they do the things they do, are not usually on the owners top priority list. As a result, owners start to reinforce bad behaviour, making it more and more difficult to manage or correct.

Some of the reasons why dogs end up in situations of unsure futures –

  1. Frustration with and a lack of understanding of why our canine friends act or do the things they do often results in owners giving up and passing the dog and its unwanted behaviours on to others to deal with.
  2. Sometimes dogs find themselves in unhealthy environments that may consist of malnutrition, abuse and/or a total lack of care.
  3. Other times owners find themselves in difficult situations where their dog is unable to fit into their lifestyle which results the dog being passed on into an unknown future.

When dogs are placed into an unfamiliar environment, whether it be a pound, shelter or foster carer, the dogs often don’t get the rehabilitation they really need.

A dogs background or baggage that they carry with them, may stem from a lack of clear guidance and training, past abuse or lack of environment enrichment. When the dog goes to a new home, it takes their insecurities, fears, and lack of understanding of what is right from wrong, to their new home.

Depending on the new owners, this cycle could occur all over again.

In Australia, it is estimated that 400,000 animals pass through shelters and council pounds each year. Approximately 40% of dogs and 75% of cats are euthanized, many due to behavioral problems. (University of QLD research, Centre for Companion Animal Health, 2012)

To reduce these alarming statistics, at 3R our focus and aim is to utilize time effectively by taking these dogs and giving them what they need, breaking down their fears, confusion, and environmental barriers by incorporating structure, training, and behavioural modification.

From here, the dogs can build new behaviours, and begin their path to a happy, less stressful and a confident state of mind.

We assess each dogs behaviour so that when they go to their new home, they have had behavioural modification plans put in place to set them up for a successful future.  3R volunteers are nationally certified in dog behaviour and training.

During the‘hand over’ process from 3R to new owners, we educate the new family on the current cognitive status of the dog. We advise owners on what they need to do to ensure that they control their new dogs instinctive goals, and continue with learnt skills (behavioural or domestic) that assist in leadership, whilst continuing to build socialisation and confidence.

3R dog trainers and behaviourists have extensive experience and knowledge in behaviour problem solving, including the following fields:

  • Aggression towards other dogs, animals or people
  • Excessive or compulsive behaviours
  • Territorial aggression
  • Social dominance and competition
  • Play aggression
  • Attachment and separation related problems
  • Appetitive and elimination problems
  • Fears and phobia’s
  • Excessive barking
  • Destructive behaviour, digging, chewing
  • Pulling on lead
  • Not coming when called
  • Rushing through doorways
  • Car chasing
  • Fence jumping
  • Stealing or begging for food
  • Resource guarding
  • Nipping and biting
  • Jumping on people
  • Hyperactive behaviour
  • General disobedience