Dogs Trust Ilfracombe’s new training barn has been officially opened by North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones amid lots of waggy tails.

The brand new space will provide vital support to the dogs that pass through the doors of the West Down-based rehoming centre, equipping them with invaluable skills for their new homes.

Mr Heaton-Jones said: “I was delighted to officially open Dogs Trust Ilfracombe’s new training barn for all their wonderful dogs that will benefit so much from it whilst they wait for their new homes.”

Elise Watson, Dogs Trust Ilfracombe re-homing centre manager, said: “We haven’t had this sort of space before so we know it’s going to be extremely well-used and we feel incredibly lucky to have this great facility thanks to generous funding from a private donor.”

The dogs will receive different types of training with the training team and canine carers, from recall, socialisation and simple techniques such as sit and stay, to more challenging training such as conquering fears and learning to trust people.

If you are interested in offering a dog a new loving home, call the re-homing centre on 03003030292.