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Owners abandon their Westie for the most selfish reason

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We accept that dogs rarely like hoovers and that some of them don’t like cats and others will chase squirrels. But what would you do if your dog HATED the TV?

By Natasha James

Published on the 11/02/2021, 18:00

There are few things better than getting home after a hard day, switching on the TV and curling up with your pup. But that just wasn’t possible for the former owners of little Thomas, the West Highland White Terrier.

It seems that Thomas would get so irrate at the TV being switched on, and his previous owners found his reaction so overwhelming they felt they had no choice but to give him up.

Working like a dog

Thomas landed at the Dogs Trust Loughborough and now the hard-working staff are attempting to address the problem.

Six-year-old Thomas is being reprogrammed in a bid to curb his TV phobia in the hopes that he’ll bag himself a new forever family.

A slow process

Firstly, dog experts gave him a snuffle mat full of tasty treats and placed a muted iPhone showing TV channels next to him. Thomas aced it!

Then, they moved onto a phone with sound and eventually an iPad, all with little Thomas happily munching his treats.

The next and most crucial phase, is to use the same slow-paced training method to incorporate TVs.

We wish Thomas and the team at Dogs Trust Loughborough all the best. You can do it little buddy!

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