The happy dogs of Greyhound Rescue NSW now have new gardens to explore.
Five new dog-friendly gardens were set up last month at Greyhound Rescue’s rehabilitation and placement center in Bargo, known as Greysland.
Rescue chairman Nat Panzarino said the garden would benefit the centre’s rescue greyhounds.
“These unique gardens are a major building block for Greyhound Rescue staff and volunteers to rehabilitate dogs,” she said.
“The more we can do to rehabilitate them, the more easily they can be relocated.
The gardens were opened in a groundbreaking ceremony by Savourlife founders Michael and Kim McTeigue, who donated $ 50,000 to make the gardens possible – the largest single grant the company has made.
Ms Panzarino said most of the rescued greyhounds had little experience of the outside world.
“The life of a greyhound in the racing industry usually involves training, racing and many hours left on their own with little stimulus,” she said.
“When they arrive in Greysland, they experience human kindness … and positive techniques to help them come out of their shell and prepare for adoption into their new home forever.”
The five gardens specially designed and created by Great Southern Landscapes include three sensory gardens, a training garden and a “Buddy Garden” named after the rescue dog that inspired the SavourLife brand.
Ms Panzarino said the three sensory gardens – Splash, Explore and Adventure – were designed to gently and safely and slowly expose dogs to new things while unlocking their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
“Building a greyhound’s confidence in himself and in humans and human kindness is the key to their success as pets,” she said.
These spaces are also used for desensitization and counter-conditioning with other dogs, as many greyhounds have only been socialized with other greyhounds. ”
Greyhound Rescue Kennel Manager Kira Booth said the gardens would allow dogs to use their noses.
“A study published last year found that dogs who have more opportunities to feed themselves and use their sense of smell become more optimistic and confident, directly improving their well-being,” she said.
“These sensory gardens will provide greater ‘nose job’ opportunities for our kennel children as well as opportunities for them to use and stimulate their other senses in a safe environment.”
The “Buddy Garden” will be used to introduce rescued greyhounds to their forever families.
Ms Panzarino said the practice garden will promote Greyhound Rescue’s education programs and support the community and their dogs.
“At Greyhound Rescue, we run GO courses! (Greyhound Obedience) to educate new adopters on how to work with their new dog using positive, strength-free techniques, ”she said.
“After recently launching the GO! in the uncertain times of a global pandemic, we were impressed with the number of people wishing to attend and we now have a long waiting list of attendees and a mountain of positive feedback from attendees. ”
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