Nova Scotia

Investment banker turns difficult dogs into good pets

An investment banker with a passion for training dogs is helping the Cape Breton SPCA with some of its most unadoptable animals.

Clarke has helped between 20 and 30 difficult dogs find new homes

An investment banker with a passion for training dogs is helping the Cape Breton SPCA with some of its most unadoptable animals.

John Clarke maintains that there is no such thing as a bad dog, just an animal that hasn’t been trained or whose owner didn’t have time for it.

SPCA volunteer John Clarke trains Buzz the dog. (Joan Weeks/CBC)

 

The Cape Breton SPCA says in the last six months, Clarke has helped between 20 and 30 difficult dogs find new homes.

"If you try to keep them pent up they're naturally going to get themselves in trouble. They’ll get bored; they’ll start clawing at things, digging up carpet, eating walls. All the behaviours you hear about usually come as a result of dogs not having enough to do," he said.

One of the dogs he helped is named Armani. The 45-kilogram animal had been knocking over SPCA workers.

Jason Power of Lower Sackville said he noticed Armani's profile online after his last pet died a few months ago.

He travelled to Sydney to meet her.

"I fell in love with her. Brought her home and we get along great and she listens well so I'm very happy with her," he said.

"She's got her forever home."

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