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  • Puppy partnership - Updates

    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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