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  • Puppy partnership - Updates

    Happy Birthday Monty! - December 2018
    Monty - Puppy partnershipWe are proud to announce that Monty, our RSSL sponsored, labrador puppy, is celebrating his first birthday. A milestone we’ve chosen to mark by looking back at his amazing progress over the last 12 months - and finding out what’s next for this special pooch.

    “It has been a delight to follow Monty’s journey from inquisitive, young pup to the handsome one-year old he is today. Knowing that he is part of the Dogs For Good community scheme makes his development even more meaningful. “There are so many ways he could make a positive difference to somebody’s life, as an assistance, therapy or family dog. Wherever Monty is placed at the end of the training programme, we are sure he will find the perfect match and bring joy to that special partnership,” says Rachel Horton, Marketing Manager at RSSL.

    Monty has already had a great start to life. Placed with socialiser John, when he was just eight weeks old, our loveable puppy has had plenty of love and cuddles growing up in a home environment. But he’s not just a family pet. From the beginning, Monty has also attended puppy classes and been taught the importance of obedience, focus and self-control; skills which will be essential in his future role as a fully-fledged member of Dogs For Good.

    In a few weeks, Monty will go to the charity’s dedicated training centre in Banbury, where he will put everything he has learned into practice. Over the course of the following four months, Monty will cover all the basic tasks that will be needed in his working life such as retrieve, push and pull. Careful monitoring and regular assessment will ensure he stays on track and successfully masters the required behaviour before moving to the next level.

    Towards the end of this process, Monty’s trainer will begin the heart-warming task of finding him a partner, who will then be closely involved and shape the final training stages. Equally important will be the development of the bond between the two, which will only grow stronger and lead to a successful and happy future together.

    “This next chapter is the most exciting and we’ve decided that we simply can’t leave Monty now. RSSL will continue to sponsor him over the next year, as he completes his training and finds his forever home,” adds Rachel Horton. As always, you will be able to follow Monty’s adventures on our social media platforms - Twitter @RSSLtd, Facebook @Readingscientificservicesltd or LinkedIn - where we will continue to post updates of our favourite four-legged friend.

    August 2018

    Monty - Puppy partnershipMonty is now nine months old and officially a ‘teenager’. From the age of six months onwards, Monty is putting into practice all his has learnt at his puppy classes and from being at home. He is now being exposed to ‘real-life’ situations, including being in busy places such as the park, shopping centres, cafés and restaurants. So far Monty has experienced travelling by bus, and will soon be introduced to the train, including walking up and down the metal stairs at the station. Monty still enjoys walking in the woods and playing with his toys and other dogs. Whilst he can be mischievous, he is proficient at Sit, Stay, Down and also understands Go Free. His socialiser is currently practicing Wait and Stay; which they note can be tricky when there is a lot going on.

    At home, Monty likes to help in the garden by digging up newly planted bedding plants. His socialiser is currently focusing on trying to stop this from happening. Whilst he enjoys puppy classes he does struggle to settle when he first arrives and is being taught how to stay focused and not react to distractions. He also has used some agility equipment and particularly likes jumping over low poles.

    Monty will soon be going to the training centre for a kennel break, where he will stay for five days. During this time he will get to know the training coordinator, Abbey, who will be monitoring him to see how he adapts to a new environment.

    April 2018

    Monty - Puppy partnershipMonty is growing fast. For the first six months John, his socialiser, will concentrate on getting Monty into a consistent routine. This will help him develop in areas such as house training, learning to be left alone, and basic obedience. John will spend time socialising Monty around lots of people and animals, and together, they will visit as many different places as possible.

    “Monty at five months old is getting more inquisitive and bold. I do have to keep an eye on him, especially if all is quiet, as he will happily find something to occupy himself with if your attention is elsewhere and not always with one of his own toys! He loves to play and is learning to retrieve well through playing games; he always gets a treat of kibble or puppy biscuit when he does this. In fact he is so good at this he sometimes brings us things we don’t necessarily need just to get a treat! Monty really enjoys going out and about and is, in fact, quite a nosy puppy; wanting to say hello to people and be fussed. He has a big personality so attracts a lot of attention, especially when he is wearing his training jacket. He is generally quite confident and copes well with noisy and heavy traffic and busy shopping places. He goes shopping to the supermarket with me each week and is really good at walking next to the trolley. We’ve also been practicing in different lifts ; he really enjoys going up and down in them, nothing so far seems to faze him. He’s travelled by bus and settled nicely during the journey, after he’d said hello to the other passengers. Last week we went to Bedford by train and I was surprised how quickly he settled quietly under my seat, only to find that he was happily devouring a stale bag of chips that someone had left there! He really is a typical Labrador and loves his food. Another favourite activity for Monty is going for a free run, sniffing and investigating any water that he finds. His recall is improving on his free runs but sometimes he is so engrossed it takes quite a few attempts; we’ll keep working on this.” John, Socialiser

    John is responsible for looking after Monty’s well being, carrying out routine health checks, ensuring he is the correct weight, and grooming. Abbey, their puppy coordinator, will work closely with them throughout their year together and, as well as seeing them at puppy class, will visit at home, to make sure Monty is progressing well. This also gives John the opportunity to discuss any worries or issues that may arise.

    March 2018

    Monty - Puppy partnership Monty is 12 weeks old now and into chewing everything; be it his toys or the odd bit of furniture. He’s been shopping from the day he arrived with his socialiser, John, and because he has only just completed his course of vaccinations most trips have involved pushing him around in a shopping trolley to B&Q, M&S and finally around Pets At Home, which he found most agreeable for obvious reasons.

    John thinks Monty is going to be a very outgoing dog, that isn't going to be short on confidence and yesterday he took his first steps into the big world outside. He seemed to cope really well with all the different sounds and situations he came across. Monty loves his playtimes and his toys, especially the squeaky ones. He’s extremely quick and bright, picking things up very well indeed. He loves treats and tummy tickles. He’s been good at going to bed and sleeps until around 6.30 each morning.

    February 2018

    Monty - Puppy partnershipMonty is now 8 weeks old...Already, at just eight weeks old, he is starting to show some of the characteristics that are required in a fully trained dog: confidence, an interest in people and in playing. On arrival at Dogs For Good in Banbury, Monty was given a health check by the vet, along with his first vaccination. He also had his photo taken, a task that is not as easy as it looks. Puppies don’t stay still for long, especially when there is exciting new territory to explore. Life is tiring when you are a small puppy, so Monty was given time to have a nice sleep, in a comfortable basket, before puppy socialiser John, who lives in Northamptonshire, arrived to collect him and take him home.

    The first 16 weeks of Monty’s life are like an open window, where he is inquisitive and can take in vast amounts of new experiences, to learn what is safe and what is not. Until Monty has had his second vaccination, John will carry him everywhere, to get him used to being touched and meeting different people. This will also help him get used to all the new sounds and smells and experience different animals, transport and places. Monty will explore every corner of his home and anything he can reach will be thoroughly investigated and chewed! Puppies explore with their mouths, so this is perfectly normal, but John needs to know how to handle this properly, so Monty learns appropriate behaviour. He will encourage Monty to play with a toy instead or redirect his attention onto a different activity. Rewards, like a tasty treat or favourite toy will be used when Monty is showing the behaviour John wants, which strengthens the bond between them and teaches Monty to focus on John, even when there are lots of exciting things happening in his vicinity. Puppies learn in similar ways to us, from the immediate results of their actions and through trial and error. They are social animals and need to learn how to communicate properly with the rest of the world, be polite and learn self control.

    John will start teaching Monty basic obedience commands. He will learn to sit and wait for his meals, being released from his wait with the sound of a whistle. This gives Monty an association between the whistle and food, which can then be used to teach him recall when he’s a bit older. John will gradually introduce Monty to his green Dogs for Good training jacket, so he feels comfortable wearing it, as this allows John to take him into places that pet dogs aren’t allowed to go. It’s important that Monty associates his jacket with lovely experiences, so John will give Monty lots of praise, reassurance and treats when he’s wearing it.

    Monty has an exciting year ahead with lots to learn and plenty of love and cuddles with his new family. It is early days and we cannot predict how his personality and behaviour will develop, but with the love and support of John and his family and the team here at Dogs for Good, he has every chance of success.

    January 2018

    We had a number of great puppy name suggestions from our team at RSSL in Reading and have settled on our very cute pup’s name as, 'Monty'. "As well as being a friendly name, has a meaning which we feel perfectly reflects what RSSL is all about. It’s associated with giving as much as possible and fulfilling expectations – values which are very much part of our family-friendly culture, both in terms of delivering for our clients and supporting each other during the working day. We are confident that Monty will live up to his name and enrich the lives of those he is placed with at the end of his training,” says Jacinta George, Managing Director at RSSL.

    Monty is now 8 weeks old and starting to explore our exciting world. Socialising is now very important as Monty starts to develop his senses, this will enable him to have positive experiences around new and unfamiliar things which will help build up a positive association with different situations which will give Monty a great start in life.

    Soon Monty will be leaving his mum and siblings to live with his volunteer puppy socialiser family who will care for him in their home for 16 – 18 months. We are all very excited at RSSL and looking forward to getting to know him – lots of adorable #rsslgoldenlabmonty photos and videos to be posted soon!

    If you are interested in finding out more about puppy sponsorship or becoming a volunteer puppy socialiser, visit the Dogs for Good website.

    December 2017

    Staff at Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) are turning their analytical minds to the urgent problem of finding a name for the latest addition to the team – a yellow Labrador puppy. Born at the end of November, the four-legged bundle of fun is being sponsored by the Reading Science Centre as part of the Dogs For Good Puppy Partner community scheme.

    The charity brings people and dogs together through its assistance, community and family dog programmes to make a life changing difference. View more

  • Launchpad

    Janaury 2018

    Staff at Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) are entering teams into the Launchpad Pancake Day Race in Reading town centre to raise money for Reading’s local homeless charity. The race will take place on Tuesday 13 February.

    Launchpad is a charity that helps some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around and fulfil their potential by providing housing with support, preventing homelessness and providing a drop in service.

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