Dogs Trust

Terrific Tyson

A long-term staffie success story

Tyson was adopted from Dogs Trust as a puppy in 2014, but a change in circumstances saw him back at the Rehoming Centre the following year. Now a young adult, Tyson had missed out on some of the socialisation and training that are essential in helping puppies to make sense of the world, so when he came back to us, we knew he would need some extra help in getting him ready for his forever family when they came to find him.

Although he was comfortable in his kennel, Tyson became overexcited when any of his Canine Carers took him out for some exercise, and he was reactive to other dogs. But, over his time in Dogs Trust, our Training and Behaviour team helped him to gain confidence and be happy in his own space, regardless of what was going on around him. A turning point came when they brought him to a park in Dublin for a walk and he didn’t react to anything except the positive attention coming from his handlers – he got a big treat as a reward that day!

We knew we needed a special home for Tyson, one where he could continue his training in a safe and calm environment with people who were committed to his success. Then in 2019, the right family came to Dogs Trust to meet Tyson. They knew that the rehoming process would need to move at Tyson’s pace and were prepared to make changes to give him the best possible chance of success in their home. They came to meet Tyson in our Rehoming Centre regularly over many weeks. They even raised the height of their garden wall from four feet to six feet, to make sure that Tyson would feel safe in their garden.

For all the team in the Rehoming Centre, Tyson’s long journey to his new home has been an emotional one. To see a dog like Tyson finally going home is why we do what we do.