Behaviour case study: Marley

Marley came to us in August 2016 after his owner died. When he came to us he was in shock - pacing at the back of the kennel, growling at staff, tail between his legs. Only very experienced staff were allowed to handle him.

Our behaviour team started to calmly sit outside his kennel run and just chat away quietly to him. After one week, they saw a tail wag as they sat down - a breakthrough. Now they started to take him to the enrichment garden, or grass paddocks at quiet times. Easy, no too demanding training sessions helped build trust.

Two weeks from being signed over to our care he had transformed into a relaxed and happy dog, although it took continued to work to get him to a stage where he could go to the vet suite for his general health check. He was adopted in October 2016.