LUOSKO

German Shepherd Dog Rescue

Owning a dog is one thing, having a relationship based on trust and friendship is something very different!

Here at LUOSKO we are committed to helping both dogs and owners enjoy life.  We love looking after and training dogs of all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life. We understand that sometimes the dog / owner relationship can become a little fuzzy at times making life very frustrating, time consuming and costly so we are determined to offer an affordable training and advice service without losing the personal touches. This allows you to train when you are available to train and see positive results in a timely manner that both you and your dog enjoy.

In our eyes NOT one dog, or owner for that matter is the same as the next, therefore it is virtually impossible to set up training programmes for everybody to take part in. For this reason we offer special personalised training packages and 1-2-1 training where we offer a one off assessment, and then training is set at your own pace and timescale.

Initial assessments are charged at a one off fee of £60 (on-site) or £80 (off-site / customers home). During the Initial meeting you will have our full attention for as long as it takes to ascertain what the issues are and to come up with a schedule for future training.

Basic 1-2-1 Training for both dog & owner can take place on or off site, however we always recommend that the first 2 sessions at least are here at our site, if needed (and safe to do so) we can then meet for training off site.

 

Our training sessions last for between 1-2 hours and we recommend at least 1 training session per week for a minimum of at least 10 weeks to see positive and sustainable results.

After your initial assessment its your choice to book up for further training, you will be given recommendations at the meeting. Training can be done as part of a regular training program or as and when you require.

The major secret to any training / rehabilitation is continuity and consistency!

1-2-1 sessions can be bought up front as a block of 10 for £400 ( individual sessions are charged at £50 per session )  Alternatively you may like to consider our unlimited access programmes from £250 for which you can book as many sessions as you like within a 1, 3, or 6 month period. Even if you think your sorted, take a break and need to come back within the 1,3, or 6 months you can do so at NO extra cost! You could book a training session every day for six months if you really have the time!

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Training your dog is the easy part, training you to be consistent is the hard part!

​​Occasionally we may run specialised groups and seminars to help you with your dog or new pup, basic commands, and advanced matters like canine first aid if your interested please sign up for our email newsletter and we will let you know when courses are coming up.  We offer continued support at all times meaning that you will always have someone to help you every step of the way no matter what training you or your dog require.​

Initial meetings & assessments can be booked online through our online booking system.  Gift Cards and Training can also be purchased online in advance via our online shop.

Our 1-2-1 Training covers pretty much all needs, from basic skills like walking to heel, recall, sit, stay etc through enrichment & focus work all the way up to behaviour modification and socialisation.

1-2-1 TRAINING

 
 

BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

WHAT IS BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION?

There are several ways to define behavior, but one of the ways behavior can be defined is the way an animal or human reacts to a particular situation (or stimulus). Behavior Modification, then is the systematic approach to changing behavior.

In other words, unlike dog obedience training that trains a dog to perform specific actions when requested, ideally behavior modification looks to change a dog’s reaction to situation, a person, a thing, and animal, etc..

While some behavior modification makes use of obedience training techniques such as teaching a dog to sit or lie down, these taught behaviors are called on as tools in an overall program that hopes to change how the dog thinks, feels and acts.

 

Lying down and “sit-stay” (where the dog sits when asked and stays seated until given the signal to go) may encourage self-control, deference or relaxation for example in combination with other methods.

These behaviors can be helpful, but not if we are only focusing on what the dog does, and not what is going on inside, why it happens, when it happens, and what it looks like before the aggression starts.  We need to set up our dog up for success.

 

The danger in focusing only on what the dog does 

     1. People solely focus on what the dog is doing and ignore the internal process that needs to be addressed,

         such as anxiety components and the dog’s  physical responses (i.e. the fight or flight response of the nervous system).

     2. People skip or ignore the two most fundamental aspects in addressing dog aggression:

         Avoiding the triggers that cause the aggression.

         Foundation training allowing the behavior modification process possible.

Changing the behavior AND the attitude

It is important for people to understand that when we try to treat dog aggression, we are looking to change more than simply what the dog does.  Because sometimes it is possible to temporarily suppress aggression, but unless you treat the underlying problem, the problem can get worse long term.  

 

We are looking to change the attitude as well so that the dog is no longer anxious.  To change that attitude means giving our dogs every chance to succeed.  We need to understand how to read the subtle behaviors that are showing our dogs are uncomfortable, and they need to understand exactly what is expected of them – and they need to be able to do it.  

You can't expect a child to read a book until they have learned the alphabet.

 

In many cases people instinctively start giving dogs treats in hopes to change the dog’s attitude without realizing that the dog is simply far too anxious to even enjoy the treat, let alone have a complete change of mind about the thing that is making him aggressive.  So while it’s possible to change dog aggression, you can’t really just wing it and figure it as you go.  You need to be taught.

Caution: You can make your dog worse by pushing your dog into more than he is ready for.  This is one of the most common mistakes dog owners make.  Our 1-2-1 training avoids this and shows you how to set your dog up for success.  

SOCIALISATION

 

The general problem isn't with socialisation itself, but with many people's understanding of socialisation. Socialisation is vital for proper mental and social development in dogs, and it needs to be offered properly. Mistakes in socialisation, even if intentions are good, can backfire and may even produce an overly shy or overly aggressive dog.

Ideally good socialisation introduces a puppy or a dog to something new, maybe even challenges the dog a little. Good socialisation is something that provides a positive experience for the dog.

With young dogs it's all about showing them new things and letting the dog "win" in the challenge presented. But too often people think only of showing the dog new things, without taking care that the dog feels very successful. In fact, sometimes what people intend as helpful socialisation creates more problems than it prevents.

As an example, consider the well-meaning but potentially dangerous recommendations to "Touch his feet and ears a lot so he gets used to handling," and "Play with his food while he's eating so he learns that is okay." Without specifically making sure that the dog enjoys both the interaction and outcome, these actions can sensitize a dog to handling and food approach.

Any time a dog is not actively enjoying the socialisation experience (at least by the end—it's okay if he learns to overcome a short challenge), there is the potential for doing more harm than good.

What if you have an adult dog? Maybe you made some socialisation mistakes, or you inherited a bad socialisation legacy along with the dog. In either case, socialisation experiences aren't as they should be.

 

Is there hope? Yes, of course there's hope! But mistakes happen in the name of socialisation with grown dogs, too.

 

We get a lot of requests to socialise dogs, as they just needs to get used to other dogs, in other words "when they see another dog they pull really hard, they bark, they jump, they won't listen…. Sometimes the hair stands up on the back of their neck. So we know he needs socialisation." Sound familiar?

 

Well indeed yes, that dog needs to learn to be around other dogs. But he's not going to learn well in a group class. A dog with an over-the-top reaction is a dog too aroused to think clearly, process information, and retain knowledge for later. In short, that dog is not going to learn, and we would be wasting your time and money if we took that dog in a group class!

Not to mention putting other dogs at risk of a bad socialisation experience.

It's important to start teaching your dog new behaviors while he is still under threshold, so we need to take a few weeks to re-program and practice the basic skills first. Learning happens in a mind that is still engaged.

 

Basically it's vitally important to start teaching your dog new behaviors while he is still under threshold—and that's not going to be in a room with five other new dogs, however our 1-2-1 Training has you covered.

If your dog is assessed and has "good manners" around other dogs and you are after interaction with other dogs, not a problem - we have you covered for that too with our beautiful pack gently introduced you will slowly see your dog get to have hours of fun!

ENRICHMENT & TRAINING ROOM

Our purposely built enrichment & training room is to help give your dog that something special, sometimes exercise itself is just not enough to tire large working breeds and the key to success and a nice life is Enrichment.

 

We can show you tools of the trade and even games to play that help to re focus your dog and stimulate those grey cells!

 

Our Enrichment & Training room is also available for hire for things like puppy parties, first aid training or even small seminars.

 

The room is equipped with an overhead projector and screen and WiFi.

For more information please get in touch.

 

FREEDOM FIELD

For safe, secure off lead fun or training - Give your dog the freedom they deserve ...

Our Freedom Field is ideal for dog owners who want to let their dog experience the freedom to run and play without worrying about traffic, sheep, cattle or other dogs.

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Maybe you have dogs who are reactive to other dogs, or just wish to work on your dog’s recall? In that case the Freedom Field is definitely for you especially if you have a new puppy or rescue dog and wish to train them to be off-leash without the risk of interruptions from other dogs or people and more importantly the risk of fleeing .

Our Freedom Field is a place to exercise and enjoy playing with your dog(s) off-leash book now to share their joy as they run free.

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Having issues? There is always a member of our team available to come with you for some friendly advice and direction; we can also arrange for one of our trained dogs to be out with you too if your dog needs some socialisation.

​The Freedom Field is available for hire in half hour sessions or multiple by prior arrangement to ensure that you (or your group) are the sole occupiers for your hire period and that there are no conflicting sessions, it is available for individuals or groups of friends to exercise, train or play with their own dogs.  ​The Freedom Field offers you the chance to be in charge of the space and achieve what you want from your dog(s) at a pace set by yourself.

Bitches in season are welcome to use our Freedom Field, puppies will only be allowed to use our Freedom Field providing they have had their second vaccinations. Groups of dogs are also welcome.

 

Toilets, doggie accessories & essentials are available on site so if you need anything when you arrive please just ask, unlike other sites ours is always manned and help is only a quick chat away! Please ensure that you keep your dog in your car when you arrive until you have spoken with a member of staff.

 

FRESH PAWS GROOMING

 

Does your buddy need a pampering?​

How about a FULL GROOM or a BATH & BLOW DRY, maybe even just a BRUSH & PAMPER?

 

Whatever your buddy needs why not check out our professional groomers availability to let your best friend have a pampering.  Our new grooming room has been designed for both professional and novice use. So not only can you book an appointment with one of our qualified groomers to pamper your pooch, but we also have D-I-Y slots available too so you can just pop in and use the facilities if you prefer!

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So if your happy to shower and groom your dog, but dont have space at home you can now book in and use our facilities without having all the fuss and mess at home!  Just bring along any products you wish to use and for a nominal donation to the rescue you can make use of the grooming room.

If you still prefer to leave your dog in the hands of one of our qualified groomers you can just book in drop off and we will let you know when they are fresh and ready to come home.

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​​​​​​​​Are you a groomer with a few hours to spare?

Our dogs need your help! Once in a while its nice to let the dogs in our care have a little pamper too, could you volunteer enough time for just one or two doggies to have a little spa treatment?  The kennel environment is not the best for most dogs, and especially longer coated dogs.  So we are continually looking for groomers who are prepared to pop in and just help with one or two dogs at a time, or maybe you would be happy to organise a regular session to help with general grooming of the dogs in our care.

Either way if you could offer some time to help make their lives a little better and improve their chances of impressing potential adopters it would be very much appreciated.  Please get in touch and let us know - we have lots of doggies waiting to be spoiled.

Microchip Implant and Checking Service

The law says you must microchip your dog and keep details up to date - are yours?​​

 

We can scan your dog for a microchip and help you to check or even change the details held if required. Just simply give us a call and pop down. All we ask for is a one off donation of £2 for this service.

 

Please note if your dog is not registered you may have to pay the database company directly to register your dogs microchip.

We have 3 qualified implanters which means our chip implanting service is available at all times. We charge £15 for each dog and the registration fee is £7 for a lifetime of changes (payable to the chipping company). We will help you register your details and show you how to access your account in the future should you need to update them.

We offer a special rate for litters of puppies, which we will happily call out and microchip in your own home, for litters we charge a £10 callout fee and £10 per puppy in the litter that gets microchipped.  If you have not registered peddymark chips before you will need to set up a breeder account for a one off fee of £7.

​Useful information​

What is a microchip?

A pet microchip is a tiny chip that’s about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a unique identifier code that matches up to your pet’s details. Microchipping a dog is a quick and simple procedure. The chip is inserted under your dog’s skin, usually around the scruff of the neck, using an implant device.

​​​​​​​​All microchipped dogs can be checked for a microchip using a handheld electronic device, called a scanner. When this is waved over the dog’s neck, the scanner will recognise the unique information held inside the chip. This identifier code can be matched with the details stored on the microchip database.

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Why should I microchip my dog?​

As of 2016 it is now law in the UK for every dog to be microchipped & the owners details on the database MUST be kept up to date or you can face a penalty fine.  A microchip is a permanent form of identification. As long as the details are kept up to date, you can always be contacted if your dog goes missing.  If your dog is collected by the local authority dog warden, they will keep your dog for seven days. If they cannot identify or contact the owner after this period, your dog may be handed over to a re homing centre and permanently rehomed without your permission or they can be euthanised by the local authority. However if your dog is microchipped and is taken in by the dog warden, your contact details will be easily found and you can collect them, even if their collar and ID tag have fallen off.

Each year we look after many dogs who we know must have come from loving homes as they are friendly, affectionate and have had training. But sadly, without a microchip, we have no way of reuniting them with their owners so we find them new loving families instead, even though we know that somewhere out there a heartbroken owner is missing them terribly.  It’s really important to keep your dog’s details up to date, too. We have rehomed dogs whose owners we could not get in touch with because the details on the microchip were not current.

How old should my dog be to get a microchip?

Dogs can be microchipped from at least seven or eight weeks old.  Under the new microchipping law that came into effect on 6 April 2016, all dogs and puppies must be microchipped and registered by the age of eight weeks by the breeder.

Will the microchip hurt my dog?

Microchipping is a quick procedure but it does involve a needle so is likely to be uncomfortable for your dog for a few seconds. 

 

The law on microchipping

When you get a new puppy or adult dog, get your vet to scan them as soon as possible to check the chip works.  Since the 6th April 2016, all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be microchipped.  As of that date, owners of dogs and puppies over the age of eight weeks must also have registered their pet’s microchip details on one of the authorised databases. These databases are run by private companies, and not by the government or the council.

Dog owners are also required to keep their pet’s details up to date with the database under the new law.  As well as being microchipped, it is still a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address on it when in a public place.  Owners who do not get their dog microchipped and registered with an approved database face a fine of up to £500 if caught.  The only exception to this law for pet dogs are those who a vet believes should not be chipped for health reasons.  If you rehome your dog to someone else, you must give the new owner the correct microchip registration paperwork so that they can contact the database and register as the dog’s new owner.

Will my new puppy be microchipped before I take them home?

Puppies must be microchipped before they go to their new homes under the new law that came into effect on the 6th April 2016.  The breeder should be the first registered keeper of the puppy – they are breaking the law if they do not register the puppy by the time he or she is eight weeks old. Breeders should also pass on correct microchip paperwork to the new owner when the puppy goes home. If you are buying a small or toy breed, such as a Chihuahua, a vet may decide it’s better to wait to get the puppy chipped when they are older and bigger. If this is the case, the breeder must give you a certificate signed by a vet to prove this instead of the certificate of registration.  However, there is really no reason for small breeds not to be chipped; kittens are frequently chipped from as young as eight weeks, and they are much smaller than small breed dogs.  If a breeder has not microchipped and registered the puppy before you take them home, and cannot give you evidence to show the reason for the delay, walk away.

Whenever you buy or rescue a puppy or adult dog, you should ask your vet to scan them on your first visit to make sure that the chip corresponds with the paperwork you’ve been given.  Errors can and do happen easily, so always make sure the chip and paperwork match.

Is my dog’s microchip proof of ownership?

No. Under the new Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations legislation. It states that the person who primarily cares for the dog and keeps them in their home is called a ‘keeper’, not an ‘owner’.  The dog’s microchip must be registered to the ‘keeper’, who may not always be the owner.

Some rescue organisations used to keep chips registered in the name of the rescue instead of the owner, but under the new law this is no longer allowed, however some chip companies have now issued "dual registration" microchips where the rescues details and the keepers details can be added at the same time. If you rehome a rescue dog, their chip details must be registered in your name. Many rescues will do this automatically when you rehome the dog, but always check.  This means this person has legal responsibility for their dog and can be held responsible if the dog falls foul of any law, including straying or causing injury, but it does not prove legal ownership.

How do I check if my dog’s microchip details are up to date?

It's really important to keep the details on the chip up to date. If your dog goes missing and your details are incorrect, you significantly decrease the chances of being reunited with your pet.  When you get your dog microchipped you should receive confirmation from the database your dog’s details are registered with. To check if your dog’s details are correct, simply contact the database that holds the details on your dog’s chip.  If you don’t have a certificate of registration or other type of confirmation from the microchip database, you can ask us to check which database your dog is registered to and we can also help to confirm/update your details if needed.

How and when should I change my dog’s microchip details?

If you move and have a change of address or name, don’t forget to update your dog’s details too. To do this, get in touch with the database that holds your dog’s details. Depending on which database your dog is registered with, you might be able to do this over the phone or online, or you may have to do so by post.  The cost of actually getting your dog microchipped covers only the implantation of the chip itself; it doesn’t cover the cost of registering or changing your details in the future.  Pet microchip databases charge an admin fee of between £6 and £20 to change and update dogs’ details. Some will charge you each time you want to change your details, and others charge an upfront fee that covers all changes for the whole of your dog’s life. Check with your database to find out how they are administered.  If you don’t keep your details up to date, the chances of you being reunited with your pet if they go missing significantly decrease. Don’t run the risk of never seeing your dog again.