Battersea Working Dogs Programme
Orvis the Dog
This 2-3 year old Cocker Spaniel, was brought to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home recently because his owners could no longer care for him.
Following daily observations of his behaviour around other people, dogs, toys, and food he was deemed suitable for rehoming
He is an incredibly energetic dog who showed great response to training and clearly love interacting with his handlers but finds life at Battersea difficult.
He can become vocal around other dogs if he is unable to meet them, which makes life difficult for his kennel neighbours and other dogs at Battersea.
It also makes it difficult for prospective owners to imagine him as their family pet.
It’s clear he also has high energy levels which could lead to him becoming bored and frustrated in a family home. His breed and natural ability for search and retrieval meant he may a suitable candidate for the Battersea Service Dogs programme. As Orvis customers have generously been donating to support this project, Battersea decided to call the Spaniel Orvis – and he seems very happy with his new name!
Find out if he made it onto the programme...
Fortunately due to his breed the spaniel can be considered for a service role.
Dogs of working breed (and suitable age and condition) can often lead a more fulfilling and rewarding life putting their natural abilities and traits to use as a full time job, rather than having a more sedate domestic life. Battersea often looks at Spaniels, Labradors, German Shepherds, Rottweiler, Belgian Mallinois and crosses of these breeds for service homes .
Battersea gave Orvis a basic evaluation to see if he had the necessary awareness and abilities to train as a service dog. The spaniel was tested to determine his interest in playing with toys and retrieval games and he proved to have a very good drive and determination. Excitingly, Orvis passes his initial test and one of the Service Dogs team is called to give Orvis a more formal assessment.