Positive reinforcement training

July 2021 Hounds & Hooves

Our Rescue Centre Is In Lockdown


On the 18th of June we took the decision of Lockdown Dassenberg Rescue Centre.

Our first priority has to be for the safety of our hardworking team, many of whom live at our centre.

We miss you all terribly and can’t wait to open up again and to see you all again.

Thanks so much for your understanding and cooperation.

Positive Reinforcement Training

A Word Horse Squad Volunteer:- Rachel
Hi, I’m Rachel and I’ve been a volunteer at Dassenberg for the past four years. I absolutely love spending time with the horses and have really been enjoying the opportunity to share these special moments with some of my fellow students from Stellenbosch University.
Mia is a recent addition to our Stellenbosch volunteer group and has been able to take on Rosy and her positive reinforcement training. Rosy was due to be euthanized before Dassenberg stepped in as she was considered a danger – tending to react to pressure aggressively. Attempts to train her using typical negative reinforcement (which relies on pressure and release) often ended in a fight – and not one you could win. Positive reinforcement has been a useful way to teach Rosy her boundaries and create an environment in which she is willing and eager to participate in each training session. It’s amazing to watch her transform – she’s almost a new horse!
In the videos included, Mia is practicing some target training with Rosy.


A Word From Dog Squad Volunteer:- Grenville
Seasoned volunteer, Grenville, helps to settle in dogs that have been surrendered as a result of the growing economic pressures experienced due to Covid.  Here is an impassioned letter, written by Grenville about the situation on the ground at our Centre.

Good News Story

For the past year, we’ve been receiving monthly deliveries of Bobtail Dog Food through the Gabrielle Faickney Charitable Trust, RCL Foods, and The Do More Foundation.We are so pleased and relieved to be able to announce that they will continue their sponsorship for another year!

Yay!!! Some Good News!!!!

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If you’d like to sponsor one of these rescue animals, please see our banking details:

Bank: FNB (First National Bank)
Branch Name: Table View
Branch Code: 250655
Account Number: 62025532004
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ
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