Devon Dogs Gave Us Hope
I have just spent a fantastic week with Devon Dogs (August 2021). I stayed in the Annexe and took my rescue dog Flynn. He is a 5-year-old Collie x Labrador and he had a few reactivity issues that I wanted to work on.
I would like to thank the Devon Dogs team for our wonderful welcome. They left little welcome gifts for us – it was so thoughtful. The Annexe and garden were the perfect accommodation for us. So comfortable and every little detail attended to – I can’t recommend it highly enough. You won’t want to leave if you stay here!
Perfect Training Ground
I went to Devon Dogs primarily to help Flynn with his reactivity to other dogs. The Annexe and garden were the perfect training ground for Flynn. I asked if Flynn could have his training in the garden. The team was so flexible and accommodating and helped us create a safe, peaceful work environment for him – just what he needed.
Loves every minute
I have come away from Devon Dogs with a full plan, which is completely tailored to Flynn. We worked through a suite of life skills and games – building calmness, optimism and confidence that are perfect for his needs. Most of all, I realised there is no need to feel guilty about not taking him out for walks. There are so many other options. We couldn’t wait to get started on them and since we have been home, we have been putting the games into practice. DMT and Figure of 8 have become our best friends and Flynn loves every minute of them…
A gift of hope
One gift that Devon Dogs gave us was hope – something we have been extremely short on. I know it will take a little time but we have opened a whole new world of game play for Flynn. We will be making positive progress every day, and ultimately Flynn will enjoy a happy, healthy, and fit life – what more could I ask for? If you are thinking of booking Devon Dogs – just do it. You will have a marvellous time and you will wish that you had done it sooner – just like us. Good luck!
About the Author: Sherena Pennington is a Mathematics Teacher who works with children who have Autism, in a special school in South Manchester. She adopted Flynn two years ago. He had lived in a small pen for the first 3.5 years of his life. She took him on knowing that he had never had a day’s training. Flynn moved from quiet farming land in Lincolnshire to the busy suburbs of Manchester. There have been some really dark times – despair and struggle but that is all in the past now. With the help of Devon Dogs, she is confident that Flynn will have the happy life he deserves.