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If you've adopted a dog we strongly encourage you to enroll your dog in obedience classes. This builds up the relationship between you and your dog and is a way for you to gain confidence in training and have control over your dog. There are also private trainers who will come to your home and work with you and your dog on an individual basis. See our "Useful Information" list.

You should teach your dog at least the basics. Teach them "Sit". Have them sit for their meals or any other 'treats' you might give them. A dog that is able to walk nicely on a leash is far more attractive than a dog that drags her new owner down the street. When walking your dog, always keep your dog on a leash. It is extremely important with a new dog that you make sure her collar fits snugly. If she is startled and backs away from you, make sure her head can't come out of the collar. A new dog, in a new environment, will be gone in a second and may not come back to you. She doesn't know you and has no reason to take heed of you.


Your new dog needs your patience and affection, especially if she has been in many different situations recently. Whenever she does something good, be sure to let him know! Happy praise and affection really helps her to know that you care and that she is good. This includes if she is lying quietly and behaving himself. Let her know that this is desirable behavior.

A Word of Warning

Be careful when you leave your dog in the car. Sitting in a car on a warm day, even if not an especially hot day, the temperature inside will triple within a short time, even if the windows are cracked open. Park in the shade, leave the windows sufficiently open for good ventilation or don't leave the dog in the car.

Mission Statement

MADRA is a Connemara based dog rescue & re-homing facility whose ultimate and overall aim is to ensure that all dogs have permanent, loving homes. MADRA works to educate members of the general public to have a responsible attitude towards dogs and their welfare and to help create a world where no healthy, good-natured dogs are killed merely because they are considered to be a surplus number.

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