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Many people think of a dog being loose in a garden as a cure-all. In reality, the garden can be a cause-all, leading to all sorts of behaviour problems. How many of you think you can't get a dog because you don't have a garden? Do you know that often, a dog will be given to someone without a garden, rather than someone with one?

People sometimes mistakenly believe that a dog, like livestock, will be happier with fresh air, grass and more room to "run around." But when did you last see a happy, relaxed backyard dog "running around" his yard? Such dogs are inevitably sad, bored and lonely, wanting only to be able to spend time with their families in the house. When they manage to get human contact, they are desperately over-excited from deprivation and are likely to misbehave. Because they behave like crazy animals, they are sent back to the yard. It's a vicious circle.

Because they spend so much time in the yard, they never develop house manners or social skills and are left outside.

Dogs were domesticated by humans to perform a variety of functions, the most common of which is now companionship. Dogs are pack animals who form extremely strong social bonds and whose most important psychological need is to be around the people they are bonded to. Making a dog live in the backyard is unnatural - they need to live with you.

Backyard dogs suffer from greatly increased incidence of behaviour problems like aggression, digging, barking and howling problems. They suffer from stress and frustration. They can be annoying to neighbours and dangerous to visitors. When everyone leaves the house, the dog feels loneliness but also its territorial instinct tells him to guard the property. When chained up on top of this, it can feel doubly reactive (and behave accordingly), as it cannot do the job it wants to do. They are too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, sometimes lack adequate shelter and fresh water, and are often dirty and ungroomed. When dirty, though no fault of their own, they are also again less likely to make it indoors.

Please don't get a dog, large or small, unless you are prepared to let him live with you in the house. This means investing time in housetraining, chewtraining, daily walks, and teaching good manners. It also means buying appropriate toys for them to chew and burn energy.

If you would like to leave your dog in the yard for part of the day when you're gone, make sure the fence is visually opaque so that he is not teased by the sight of passersby or tormented by kids. Leave him chew toys, proper shelter and fresh water. Bring him in when you're home and provide daily walks.

Being outside in the yard does not count as "exercise." Your dog would rather spend a little time with you than have a football field to play in alone. They won't exercise themselves. That's your job.

Adoption Day - GMIT Sports Hall

July 8th 12pm - 4pm

We are having an Adoption Day in the Sports Hall at GMIT on
Sunday July 8th from 12pm to 4pm. It is a great chance to meet all our MADRA Rescue Dogs looking for the new forever homes.

MADRA usually has between 50 to 100 dogs looking for new homes due to the continued growth in...

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MADRA Dog Show - Galway Pet Expo

June 23rd and 24th

Another Fun Dog Show will be happening on June 23rd & 24th @ Pet Expo Galway alongside The Galway Home & Garden Festival held at Ballybrit Racecourse, Its a great day out for all the family including your dog!

Dog Show hosted by MADRA & kindly sponsored by Petmania will start ...

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Dogathon May 27th 2018 @ 1pm

 
Registration open from 11am at the Claddagh Hall in Salthill. A fabulous day out for all the family and chance for all supporters of MADRA to take part in our annual walk from the Claddagh to Blackrock and back, raising the much needed ...
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Would you like to run a fundraiser in aid of MADRA?

We are extremely lucky to have so many supporters throughout the year who organise and run their own fundraising events on behalf of MADRA. In 2017 alone these external fundraising events raised over €10,000. 100% of the money raised at these events goes directly towards helping the dogs in our c...

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Efficient Tax Donations

If you are a tax payer either PAYE or self-assessed, MADRA can claim back the tax paid on your donation to us within the past 4 years if it exceeds €250 per annum at no cost to you.

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Adoption Day - GMIT Sports Hall

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