It’s amazing what can come to light after someone dies.

Muffin should know. After her owner died, she was found living in a field in Scotland with 17 other dogs.

Dogs Trust at Harefield took eight of them and called them The Teddy Bears because they each looked like a cross between a Mastiff and a German Shepherd Dog.

That was a year ago and Muffin has come a long way since then.

Living in a field isn’t an ideal preparation for domestic life but since arriving at Dogs Trust, Muffin has made excellent progress.

She is still nervous but has bonded with her carer and eats out of her hand.

She is gentle and is learning to play. Muffin needs all her training and is looking for a home in a quiet household where they will understand that she will need time to build her confidence.

If this could be with you, Muffin is waiting at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Harefield .

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In order to guard against dogs being nervous as adults, it is important they socialise well during their first year of life, particularly between three and twelve weeks old.

During this time, they need to meet a wide variety of people, situations and other animals. It is also important that these are pleasant experiences.

They also need to get used to the sound of normal household appliances. For more information on socialisation, including with regard to vaccination, go to the Dogs Trust website and type 'socialisation' into the search box.

Enjoy a day in the fields with your pups - and raise money for charity

If it’s a long time since you spent a day in a field, here’s two opportunities to get a taste of fresh air. Firstly Dogs Trust’s Fun Day is approaching on June 5. Put the date in your diary now and I’ll give details nearer the time.

But, before then, you can also enjoy a day in the countryside at the National Animal Welfare Trust’s Open Day on Monday May 2 (11am-3pm).

There will be stalls, a fun dog show and you can see how clever your dog is in their Dog Agility. You are also welcome to look round the centre and meet the dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs needing homes.

The Open Day takes place at the National Animal Welfare Trust Rehoming Centre , Tylers Way, Watford-by-pass WD25 8WT.