First UK Pilot of Open Paw Starts for Rescue Dogs at NAWT Herts Centre

(National Animal Welfare Trust Press Release) National Animal Welfare Trust has started the first UK pilot of Open Paw – a radical new programme that aims to transform rehoming centres into ‘universities’ for rescued pets.

Twelve dogs at the rehoming charity’s Hertfordshire Centre in Watford are taking part in the scheme that gives every animal all the training, social skills and enrichment its needs to make them more re-homeable and attractive to potential families.

Centre manager Jackie De Friez said: “The animals are adapting to the training quickly. It’s been an exciting time and one we’ve been so looking forward to because of the potential for these dogs’ futures.”

Open Paw has been developed by Kelly Gorman Dunbar, a respected US behaviourist, and her husband Dr Ian Dunbar, a well known British behaviourist and author.

You can read more about Open Paw here.

National Animal Welfare Trust is filming the pilot as it happens and the first episode is launching soon. We’re asking people to sign up to NAWT’s newsletter to keep up to date with our progress.

National Animal Welfare Trust is a rescue and rehoming charity with five centres across the south of England. For more information and to make a donation please visit

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