Playing games can help dogs ignore distractions, stay calm, improve overall behavior, and strengthen the bond with their owner or handler. In this interactive four-part series, each week our certified trainers will teach you easy games to play with your dog and give you challenges to build your dog’s skills! You will be invited to join a private Facebook group page to engage with the trainers and other participants to share success stories and get feedback on your progress.
Celebrate Pet Owners Day with an introduction to scentwork. Whether you are a small rural shelter, a foster-based rescue, or a large open-admission municipal shelter, you can easily establish a scent enrichment program that will transform the lives of the dogs in your care. Nosework can help reduce anxiety, calm overstimulated dogs, burn energy in hyperactive dogs, and build confidence in shy and fearful dogs. And it’s not just for dogs … all companion animals can benefit from scentwork. Small budget, large budget, no budget? You can do this!
Helping dogs make the right choice, rather than directing them all the time, is powerful! Giving dogs the ability to make choices will open up their world both emotionally and for greater training.
Add enrichment to your pet’s routine. Learn how to make a snuffle ball. It’s a fun group project for any age.
Part 2 of 2: DIY enrichment. How to make a braided tug toy.
Part 1 of 2: DIY enrichment. How to make a braided tug toy
Make your dog’s day and introduce them to the sniffy walk. Make it all about them. If they want to smell a blade of grass for five minutes, let them! Taking a walk is about more than physical exercise for dogs.
much of this information. Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that we can learn to recognize and interpret. Being able to understand how the dogs in our care are feeling and how to help them feel more comfortable, confident, and safe are essential skills that all shelter staff and rescue volunteers should know.
Separation anxiety affects almost 20% of dogs in the US and is a common reason for rehoming. Though a huge quality of life issue for dogs and their people, the good news is dogs can overcome separation anxiety! Join us for this webinar to learn more about alone-time behavior concerns, training and best ways to help separation anxiety dogs in shelters and rescues get adopted.