Blue Cross rescue dog wins silver29 Aug 2012
It’s not just the team GB athletes who are winning bronze and silver – Blue Cross rescue dog Logan is also proving to be a champ.
The springer spaniel crossbreed has already achieved the two accolades in the Gundog Training Awards and will be going for gold this winter.
The awards put dogs’ skills and obedience to the test, with tough tasks like walking off lead to heel with distractions, retrieving, and sitting and waiting. They are run by the Pet and Working Gundog Organisation.
It’s a fantastic success for Logan, who was very nervous when he arrived at Blue Cross.
Learning to trust again
Logan came to our Burford rehoming centre because his owner was ill and couldn’t give him the exercise that he needed.
He was assessed by our staff and given a tailor made training and behaviour programme to help increase his confidence.
We knew he needed a particular type of home as he sometimes struggled with being handled and he had lots of energy that he needed to use up.
He needed an active owner who would take it slowly with him, building their relationship gradually.
The right home for Logan
We were delighted when we got a call from Nicola Davis, who had seen his profile and thought he might be the right dog for her and her husband.
They have three other dogs and they’re a really active family who love to keep busy, with regular trips to agility and flyball competitions.
Nicola says: “I really wanted a dog who I could do gundog training with and everyone told me that a rescue dog wouldn’t be suitable - but I didn’t believe that at all, and Logan has proved me right.
“I like to take rescue dogs who might be difficult to rehome because they don’t necessarily suit typical family life, and give them a loving home.”
When Nicola saw Logan’s profile online she called us up and came to our Burford centre to see him.
She says: “Logan was exactly what I was looking for. He just wanted to work and he was very focused on his handler and the task at hand.”
Logan settled into his new home quickly and is a sociable boy who gets on great with the other dogs in the house.
Nicola trains Logan using positive reinforcement, mainly with a clicker which is a great way of teaching pets new things and making learning fun.
He loves keeping busy and, as well as enjoying his gundog work, he has also started competing in flyball, which is a fun sport for dogs where they race against another team, over hurdles, to retrieve a ball.
Nicola says: “Logan is absolutely brilliant and he’s very happy living with us. If I could clone him and have him for the rest of my life I’d be very happy.”
Blue Cross has lots of unwanted pets looking for loving homes and our tailor made rehoming service will help find the right animal for you.
To find out more, please visit our rehoming pages.