Heartbroken dog abandoned by owners because he hated watching TV

A dog owner had to make the decision of choosing their love for TV or their West Highland Terrier – and the television won.

Thomas, a six-year-old adorable little pooch, finds himself homeless due to his anger management issues he has once the device is turned on.

Sadly, his owners handed him into a kennel after not being able to cope anymore.

The dog is now in remission and training in the hope that he can one day curl up with a family on the sofa in peace.

Dogs Trust Loughborough have said they are "reprogramming" the "sweet boy" so he can find his forever home.

Celine Di Crocco, who is a manager at the kennels, opened up to Leicester Live on how Thomas is doing.

She said: "Thomas is a sweet boy who definitely knows what he likes, and what he doesn’t like.

"He loves soft toys and gets quite giddy when he is playing, but the television is definitely one of his dislikes."

Sadly, his dislike was just too much for his loved ones.

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Celine said he was originally handed over by his owners because his reaction to the TV was just too much.

"We have put a training programme in place to desensitise him to the TV and he’s doing really well," Di Crocco said.

While the TV is on, the manager explained they give him a snuffle mat and put tasty treats on it so he can focus on them instead.

As they do this, the team puts a phone nearby playing a programme on mute, then over time it progressed to a low volume and now they have moved to an iPad.

"The final part of the training will involve the TV playing," the manager told the publication.

Thomas enjoys short walks as he has a problem with one of his back legs.

During his time at the rehoming centre, he is undergoing hydrotherapy.

The team have said they are keen for a local family to adopt Thomas so that they can carry on the treatment he is on.

Celine said: "Thomas really is a lovely boy and would suit a quiet, rural home where he can chill out with his owners, perhaps in front of a lovely fire, but not in front of a noisy TV."

If you would like to find out more about Thomas, please go to www.dogstrust.org.uk or call the team on 01509 273349.

Dogs Trust wants to change the tale for thousands of dogs who otherwise would have nowhere to turn, and want to remind people that they are there to help wherever possible, so if anyone is struggling and needs to give up their dog, to contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188.

Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Thomas, by visiting www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale

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