Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust Snetterton opens brand new training barn

Dogs Trust CEO, Adrian Burder and a number of VIPs (very special pooches) officially opened Dogs Trust Snetterton’s brand new Training Barn on Friday (13th of May). The space will provide vital support to some of the 1,585 dogs currently in the care of the UK’s leading dog welfare charity and equip them with invaluable skills for their new homes.

The Training Barn, which was funded by the charity’s very special supporters, will be used to help train and rehabilitate some of the 67 dogs currently in the care of Dogs Trust Snetterton, particularly those with specific behavioural needs, to help increase their chances of finding a loving home.

Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre, Diane McLelland-Taylor, explains:

“We are delighted to unveil our brand new Training Barn, especially as we know the promise it offers the dogs in our care. All of us at the Rehoming Centre have been looking forward to this day, ever since the first brick was laid in October last year.”

“This facility will give us the space and tools we need to continue providing specialist training. Training is at the forefront of responsible dog ownership, it not only encourages good behaviour and obedience, but also provides a great way for humans and canines to bond.” 

In 2015 22% of the dogs handed over to Dogs Trust Snetterton, needed further behavioural training which their owners could no longer manage. Staff at the Rehoming Centre hope that the new facilities will ensure that every dog gets the extra training they need to ensure they are ready to find a brand new home. Having a space that will be used primarily for training and behaviour will ensure training can happen, whatever the weather.

Homeless hounds at Dogs Trust undergo many different types of training with Training and Behaviour advisors, from recall and canine socialisation, to more simple techniques such as sit and stay, and more challenging training such as conquering fears and learning to trust people again.

Up to three dogs will be able use the Training Barn at any one time, and dogs will also be able to experience private training and even experiment with the wide selection of agility equipment.

At the official opening, guests were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Rehoming Centre, met with some of the dogs who will benefit most from the Training Barn and also watched a training session with Training and Behaviour Assistant, Daniel Thompson and his two dogs, ex-Dogs Trust resident, Mavis and Mille the Border Collie.