Part 4: Support
All Forever Hounds Trust homes receive a four month post-homing visit, to check all is going well for hound and home, and offer any support that is needed. At any time, you can access the support of our Post-Homing Support Team, who are all qualified behaviourists and can offer you advice and guidance on any issues that might arise. This support is one of the reasons that Forever Hounds Trust have an incredibly low return rate (where dogs are returned to us after homing) – 94% of our homings are successful.
The Post-Homing Support Team is a group of people all fully qualified in behaviour work with dogs and experienced with sighthounds. Each member of the team is a volunteer who donate their time and expertise to support Forever Hounds Trust owners and their dogs should they experience any behavioural problems. Support can be given by phone, email or a visit (depending on your location). This service is free to Forever Hounds Trust owners.
We will help you by suggesting ways to manage difficult behaviour, and/or training steps to help alter your dog’s behaviour. We use reward based training and no punitive measures. Very few dogs are returned to Forever Hounds Trust as a result of behavioural difficulties. If we feel that your dog needs more help than we are able to offer, we will advise you how to find a suitably qualified behaviourist in your area.
It is important that you don’t struggle alone when problems arise, and we find that often the earlier we help you the better the outcome. Our aim is to help you and your dog enjoy a happy relationship.
How to contact us for post-homing support:
- Through your Home visitor or Regional Homing Officer.
- Through our 03000 111 100 helpline
- Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A case study
Finbar, a saluki lurcher, had probably never lived in a house before arriving with his forever family – and just like a puppy, he needed to be house-trained! Our Behavioural Support Team were able to advise the best way to do this for Fin’s specific circumstances and his new home.
Fin also shared his new home with Guinness, a laid-back greyhound who didn’t quite know what to make of Fin’s youthful lurcher exuberance! Again our Behavioural Support Team were on hand to advise how to make the transition smoother for Guinness – including making sure that Fin had lots of other activities to mentally and physically tire him out (other than playing with Guinness!), and giving the two dogs some time and space apart when needed.
“Fin continues to make good progress and is responding well to the advice you have given us… He is full of fun, and no evening is complete now without him coming up on the sofa with us and falling fast asleep. Guinness keeps on doing what he does best – sleeping, eating and being a gentle lovely boy.”