Sunday, October 2, 2011

Help Shelter Dogs Get Adopted

The key to adoption for a shelter dog is to make a connection with potential adopters. But forging that connection is not as easy as it sounds. Now you can help shelter dogs across the country in their quest to find forever homes!

Shelters are often big, crowded, noisy places, where dogs are confined yet constantly exposed to the smells, sights, and sounds of many animals in one space. The stress of these conditions can result in abnormal behavior — the kind of behavior that can limit a dog's chances of ever being adopted. Excessive barking, incessant pacing or spinning, rebounding off kennel walls, and manic licking can make a potential adopter retreat instead of reach out.

One way to end this distressing cycle is to train dogs in behavior that will help them attract potential adopters. Simple, positive training methods can gently reinforce calm behavior and teach basic skills such as sitting on command.

During 2011, four trainers from four shelters in the United States will be practicing the Train-To-Adopt method in a new pilot program to help shelter dogs. These four trainers will also train shelter staff and volunteers in this simple method, which uses physical objects, food, and mental stimulation to both calm a dog and teach desirable behavior. Click the link below to make your tax-deductible donation today:

Help Shelter Dogs Get Adopted

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