Created by Debbie Connolly of SafePets UK to offer rehabilitation and rescue to the many retiring working dogs from Police, Security and others. SafePets has for many years offered this ad hoc, but an increase in the number of dogs has necessitated a dedicated rescue.
We’d all like to think that dogs working to protect us, our kids and workplaces retire happily with their handler. Whilst this does often happen, it sometimes doesn’t and dogs with high drive and working training can’t make the transition easily back into a pet life. Our work offers help to make this transition possible.
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The world of security dogs used to be something populated by sad macho men with aggressive dogs. These days it is a profession producing dogs and handlers on a par with Police dog handlers. Having recently been involved with the Security Dog working Trials, I was impressed at the standard of dog work, professionalism and overall attitude. If you are considering a career in dog handling or want to add it to your current security industry licence, here’s some course advice. Continue reading →
The recent coverage in the Daily Mail has again prompted discussion on what happens to the dogs that keep us safe when they become ill or retire. The rose tinted version of a dog living its life out by the fireside of its handler is far from the truth. I am writing this as the founder of Bravo Working Dog Rescue and as someone who has worked alongside working handlers and rescued these dogs for years. Continue reading →
This story illustrates why Bravo was started. The Police, security and MoD regularly put to sleep dogs at the end of their working lives or rehome badly. With the exception of one company, 1st Reaction Security in Northants. not one company has offered dogs willingly or a single donation,
Handlers call begging us to retrain their dog and rehome it when they can’t keep it or when their employer is insisting that the dog is put to sleep. Rarely we can persuade the company to give the dog up, mainly these dogs die.
Consider what happens to the dogs that keep your town safe, that protect your workplace, find your burglar or your lost kids, find the drugs that kill your friends, family and colleagues. We owe them and they deserve a chance.
The Dog News Show podcasts is a weekly look at the world dog news stories. An often candid, funny, informative version hosted by Debbie Connolly (Bravo and SafePets Founder) and Julie Hill (DogCast Radio).
We recently made the first filmed version, Episode 42
If you were a Bravo sponsor, you would benefit from these podcasts, listened to worldwide.
In case you missed it, Debbie Connolly, Bravo founder, appeared on the Alan Titchmarsh show yesterday. When interviewed by Alan, in a segment about the types of behaviour therapy available for animals, the agreed question about Bravo didn’t seem to be coming, so Debbie did it herself! Continue reading →