We wanted to share some information on our Active Paws dogs with you. Our dogs are ‘employed’ by Active Paws in a variety of roles.
Treacle is our little old lady. She is a 13 year old Tibetan Terrier and is one of Ainsley’s furries. Being a guarding breed, she can be noisy but she is a sweet, independent little girl. She has helped several children with a fear of dogs – success was clear with one who wanted Treacle to live with her by the end of the treatment!!! So, an important job even in her old age!
Favourite activity: Sleeping in the sunshine!
Honey is our amazing 10 year old Labrador. Honey was bred by Jennie but really struggled with life and, as she got to 6 years old, it was clear she needed help. The timing was such that Ainsley was able to do just that. Identifying that Honey was suffering from low serotonin (the calming brain chemical which controls mood and sleep), her diet was manipulated to naturally increase serotonin levels. Once achieved, we were then able to teach Honey coping strategies for the times she felt most anxious. Honey is now so balanced she is able to help Ainsley with her behaviour adjustment training with other dogs.
Favourite activity: Anything involving a tennis ball!
Hector is Jennie’s fabulous 8 year old rehomed Spanish Water Dog. He came to Jennie as dog aggressive but in actual fact was confused and poorly socialised, but super clever chap. Under Ainsley’s guidance, using a clicker to communicate with him when he was doing something Jennie was pleased with, he went from not being able to cope with dogs close to him to being in a room with 6 dogs in close proximity – all this within 6 months. Hector does love to communicate with his people (for communicate read bark!!!) but he has a huge love for life and does everything asked of him with 150% effort! Everyone who meets him falls in love with him!
Favourite activity: Like Honey, anything involving a tennis ball but water and a ball and he is in heaven!
Wispa is our Active Paws poster girl! A 4 year old Wheaten Terrier, she has been working with Ainsley for 2 years helping dogs that aren’t confident around other dogs, working with dogs with poor recall and teaching puppies how to behave with older dogs. She has met many of Ainsley’s Dog Logic clients and their dogs/puppies.
Favourite activity: Running in the woods chasing squirrels and rabbits!
Opie is the latest addition to Ainsley’s furry family. He is a 1 year old Spanish Water Dog who loves to work. He is a natural retriever and has been from 8 weeks old. Opie has a calm temperament and Ainsley is hoping that he will take over from Honey and Wallace in helping rehabilitate reactive dogs and teach dogs good manners when he is older. He has a great nose and loves his scent work.
Favourite activity: Swimming to retrieving his kong dummy!
Other dogs that Active Paws are proud to have supporting us:
Fig is a 7 year old labradoodle, owned by Ainsley and Jennie’s great friend and supporter, Ruth. Fig is a gentle giant and works with Ainsley with reactive dogs. She loves her TD Rally but her biggest love is food!!!
Favourite activity: Looking for food!
Wallace is a 14 year old (we think!) rescue German Shepherd Collie cross. He is an absolute gentleman – patient with puppies and dogs that need to learn good manners. With his owner, Kathryn, he works with Ainsley to help dogs learn how to greet a dog and build their confidence around dogs. He is a star in this area!
Favourite activity: Loves playing tug!