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23/02/2012 Dogs Trust to impliment in re homing centres

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A new initiative called the Puppy Plan has been launched by The Kennel Club and the Dogs Trust for members of the Assured Breeder Scheme who are aiming to give puppies the best start by preparing puppies to become valued companions and to cut down behavioural problems as well as to cut down the amount of dogs ending up in rescue centres and from being returned to the original breeder.

A Kennel Club spokesman said “The foundations for a puppy’s future behaviour and character are laid down in the first 16 weeks of his or her life. This is a vital time, when it is possible to develop the puppy’s brain and shape the way he or she will turn out as an adult dog. It is also the time when most problem behaviours can be prevented, long before they even start, giving the dog a far more certain future – and the new owner far fewer potential problems.”

Dog behaviourist Carolyn Menteith has developed the plan and said “It is the most up-to-date research available, and is a step-by-step, simple but comprehensive socialisation plan. The breeder will work through the first eight weeks, recording each step through a series of diary entries, photos or videos and this is then passed to the new owner to continue”. The Dogs Trust hopes to roll out the plan within its re homing centres.

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