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The Home’s behavioural program

November 27, 2015

Today there have been reports around the medication of dogs within the behavioural program here at the Home.

The last 12 months has been a period of change at the Home. In response to public feedback we have worked to review existing programs, including our behaviourial and rescue programs as well as implement new ones to achieve the best possible outcomes for the dogs and cats in our care. The results from these programs to date are encouraging. Our behavioural program is one of our greatest successes of 2015 with the initiative being based on worldwide best practice animal welfare for dogs with mental-ill health and behavioural challenges.

Our behavioural program is one of our greatest successes of 2015 and we are shocked and dismayed at the allegations levelled against this initiative that is based on worldwide best practice animal welfare for dogs with mental-ill health and behavioural challenges.

Currently there are 170 dogs at the Home, 13 in the behavioural program with eight of those on a medication plan alongside a training program.

A medication plan is provided to dogs assessed as having severe cases of mental-ill health where necessary due to genetics, environmental or learned behaviours. They aren’t used to sedate, rather they reduce anxiety and allow dogs to focus; increasing their learning capacity so they can be more effectively trained out of moderately aggressive or anxious behaviours. This program sees more dogs’ conditions managed and successfully adopted into new homes.

Animal welfare is a dynamic area with new initiatives and programs introduced regularly. We are committed to the ongoing development and refinement of our programs to achieve the best outcomes possible.

We are happy to discuss these changes with the public and encourage you to contact us on (03) 9329 2755 should you have any questions regarding our programs or email info@dogshome.com

See also:

The Australian Veterinary Association Media Release – Mental illness in shelter dogs needs treatment, 3 December 2015