We’ve launched our doggy scholarship scheme to help caregivers access appropriate dog behavioural support.
The scholarship scheme financially supports caregivers by paying for three hours of one-to-one training for adopted dogs and their caregivers.
We’ve welcomed our first four-legged scholar to the scheme, 18-month old Sky, who is a German Shepherd. We paired Sky and her people, Russell and Ray, with a local behavioural trainer who has provided face to face lessons.
During the cost of living crisis, some caregivers have struggled to fulfil their responsibilities of dog guardianship which may include paying for dog behavioural training.
Our Managing Director Deborah said it is really important for adopted dogs showing early signs of behavioural issues to get the right help they and their caregivers need.
She added: “In the current climate, we understand that not everyone is in a position to be able to access the right support. That is why we have launched our scholarship scheme. We want to help adopted dogs be supported by the right behavioural approach in order to help them live happy and fulfilled lives.
“Adopted dogs sometimes have behavioural issues which pop up, post adoption. This is through no fault of their own, and stems from things such as genetics, learning history or illness. It’s important they get support from a trainer or behaviourist skilled in positive reinforcement methods.
Sky’s owner Russell Cade said: “The scholarship scheme has been absolutely fantastic. It has changed our lives. We really struggled with Sky’s behaviour post-adoption and being able to enrol her into these sessions has made her such a happier dog.
“We are so grateful to Deborah and the whole team at Healthy Pet Store. They paired us with an incredible local trainer who has listened to all of our worries and concerns.
“The sessions have been relaxed but fun, and are really tailored to what Sky needs. We are going to continue to pay for lessons now we have completed our sessions funded by Healthy Pet Store.”
Applications for the Healthy Pet Store scholarship scheme are now open – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.