Exercise and socialisation is important for any dog but particularly for those that have not previously been given the opportunity to interact with their own kind. One of the most common behaviours worked with is reactivity towards other dogs. Many dedicated owners will engage the services of a good behaviourist; other dogs do not receive corrective training and can find themselves in rescue when the owners are no longer able to cope.
A canine social walk is an excellent way to socialise your dog and meet like minded people. Paul Daly, a trainer and behaviourist of 20+ years, is on hand throughout the walk to balance the group and guide you with your dog’s behaviour.
source Recently we organised a walk for a local rescue organisation and encouraged them to bring the kennel dogs along to give them a morning out. Members of the public that were looking for a rescue dog to complete their family unit were invited to join the walk and meet the dogs.
Feedback from the event was what a wonderful way to meet the dogs, and to see how they are around other animals and people. We understand that one family that attended are in the process of adopting one of the rescue dogs. This got Paul thinking. Why not open the walk to all rescues to bring dogs in their care along to help find them a home? This thought then led to the Paws on Parade idea.
With immediate effect our larger canine social walks will be known as Canine Social Walk and Paws on Parade. The walks are open to everyone, be they dog owners who simply wish to socialise their dogs, people considering adopting a dog and to rescue dogs that are in need of a home. All rescue organisations are welcome to showcase their dogs at this event. Think of it as a meet and greet opportunity without the stresses of a kennel environment.
To join the walk there is a fee of £5 per dog or human that is looking to find their new canine friend (note there is no charge for children aged up to 16 years). The fee will give you access to training and behavioural advice throughout the walk, from Paul Daly of Canine Coaching. It will also give you access to the rescue dogs and rescue representatives.
Rescues that register to attend the walk with dogs that are looking for homes, will receive a place for the dog or dogs free of charge. To reserve these free places please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your rescue name and number of dogs attending. For the convenience of anyone interested in adopting a dog we would request that rescue representatives are easily identifiable as the rescue and that dogs available for adoption are too. For example they wear an Adopt Me lead or bandana etc.
For dog owners simply wanting to socialise their dogs or members of the public looking to find a new canine companion, there is no requirement to book in advance please just turn up on the day.
The walks are all on lead and last approximately 1.5 hours. We do take breaks during the walk to re-group. Paul and his team are on hand to ensure that the walk runs smoothly.
The primary aim of these walks is to maintain good canine social skills and to find rescue dogs a forever home. It is also a morning out in beautiful surroundings for you and your dog. Guidance is there in the form of behavioural advice should you wish to speak with Paul Daly. If we can find just one dog a home it will make this all worthwhile. When a dog goes to their new home it frees up a space for another dog to start their journey to a new future. Please join and help be a part of that journey. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Paul is a complete natural when it comes to dogs and understands exactly what they are trying to tell us. There were little signs I was missing when I was out walking with my dog and Paul showed me exactly what to look for and how to deal with it. My dog has come on in leaps and bounds since our 1-1 session and I shall be carrying on with follow ups to keep us both on the right tracks. I would highly recommend him.
Having always had puppies I wasn’t completely prepared for the challenges a rescue dog could bring, certainly not a rather large German Shepherd with anxiety issues! Paul and his team were kindly helping a rescue I volunteer with, and after attending a few pack walks Dexter has moved forward, and gained confidence… but maybe more importantly, so have I! Thank-you…
Paul Daly is simply the best there is. He helped my Nina and Koady when no one else could. My 2 GSD's suffered terribly with excitement anxiety. They were off the chart. But with Paul"s coaching and persistence they became wonderful doggies. Paul continued to maintain an interest and followed their progress offering advice on the way. We owe Paul Daly everything for his help skill and patience. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing help and have done so on many occasions.
I had a 5year old King Charles and brought home a 8week old King Charles spaniel. Lady struggled to bond with little Poppy as she had me to herself for 5years. She wouldn't let Poppy near here. Poppy also had social anxiety, separation anxiety and howled a great deal. Paul had them for a month and when they came home to me they were fully bonded and loved each other. They played together, ate together nicely and I was able to love both of them without one getting upset. Paul also advised me to get Poppy an MRI scan as he felt she had Syringomyleia a brain condition. I went straight to the vets and pleaded for an MRI scan and she was diagnosed and got the help and medication required to give her a good life. Thanks Paul so much for my wonderful, calm family.
Canine Coaching have supported us on many occasions and have helped us when we have had problems with individual dogs. With his humour, compassion and understanding of our canine friends, we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Paul - in fact we have done so, time and time again!