Vital support and rehabilitation is set to be provided to dogs in care at Snetterton after a charity officially opened a new training barn.
The new facility at Dogs Trust Snetterton was opened on Friday by the charity’s CEO Adrian Burder and a number of VIPs — very important pooches.
The Training Barn, funded by the charity’s supporters, will be used to help train and rehabilitate some of the 67 dogs currently in the care of Dogs Trust Snetterton, particularly those with specific behavioural needs, to help increase their chances of finding a new home.
Dogs Trust Snetterton Rehoming Centre manager, Diane McLelland-Taylor, said: “We are delighted to unveil our brand new Training Barn, especially as we know the promise it offers the dogs in our care.
“All of us at the Rehoming Centre have been looking forward to this day, ever since the first brick was laid in October last year.
“This facility will give us the space and tools we need to continue providing specialist training.
We are delighted to unveil our brand new Training Barn, especially as we know the promise it offers the dogs in our careDiane McLelland-Taylor
“Training is at the forefront of responsible dog ownership, it not only encourages good behaviour and obedience, but also provides a great way for humans and canines to bond.”
In 2015, 22 per cent of dogs taken into the care of the Snetterton facility needed further behavioural training which their owners could no longer manage.
Agility equipment is featured in the barn, which up to three dogs can use at a time, and will also be able to facilitate private training.
At the official opening on Friday, guests were given a behind the scenes tour of the Rehoming Centre, meet with some of the dogs set to benefit from the new Training Barn, and watched a training session with Training and Behaviour Assistant, Daniel Thompson and his two dogs, ex-Dogs Trust resident, Mavis and Mille the border collie.