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Rescue dogs get a second chance at happiness

BBYS dog training team piloted an obedience training course at Greenacres Rescue Centre

by Burns Team Writer

Behaviour training initiative gives rescue dogs a second chance of happiness.

In addition to donating our specialist line of natural pet food to over 40 rescue centres across the UK, we’ve decided to go the extra mile and train rescue dogs, too. Katie and Natasha who work for our BBYS dog training team piloted an obedience training course at Greenacres Rescue Centre in Pembrokeshire.

The course was designed to give long-term rescue dogs the best possible chance of being re-homed. Over 5 intensive weeks we helped Greenacres’ long-term dog residents to learn basic skills such as recall, sitting and standing. Rescue dogs even practised getting used to the car environment ready for the journey to their new home.

Both Katie and Natasha are completing a number of dog training courses including IMDT which champions force-free, positive training methods. Working within our Kennel Club accredited training team, they are helping to run a range of dog behaviour courses across Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire for our reading-todogs scheme.

Sarah Ellis, who heads up dog training here at Burns Pet Nutrition said,

“The rescue dog project provided the basic skills needed to adapt to family life, thus improving their chances of being rehomed. It was so rewarding to see the dogs progress week on week and engage with the training. Hopefully with this extra boost they will get a second chance at happiness in a loving, family home.”


Mikey Lawlor manages Greenacres Rescue Centre which has been running since 2008 and has rehomed over 10,000 animals. Commenting on the difference Burns’ training and ongoing food donations has made, he said,

“The help and support is immeasurable! Having the food sponsor has meant that all of our animals are fed an excellent quality food constantly, which has been obvious in their condition and behaviour. We cannot imagine going back to the old way of feeding.

More recently, Burns has helped our rescue dogs by conducting staff and dog training with the trainers from the Burns by Your Side reading to dogs scheme, its all been simply amazing we are eternally grateful and hope to continue to work together in the future.”