I received an email recently from a representative of the Animal Behavior College (ABC), headquartered in Santa Clarita, California, that stated the following…
“Across America, an estimated 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year and approximately 2.7 million of them are euthanized, even though they are considered healthy and adoptable, according to the Humane Society of the United States (May 2013). There has to be a way to help these animals find their forever home.”
Is dog training the answer?
We adopted our littermates as puppies. We haven’t adopted an older puppy or adult dog so we haven’t had the experience of turning away from a dog who didn’t seem to be trainable. But I have seen high energy dogs at adoption events that scare away potential families, because they’re afraid of ‘a project’ and aren’t aware that the dog hasn’t had a walk that day or may be stressed by the venue.
Our dogs are ‘a project…’
Whenever I see a dog that looks like ‘a project,’ I think of our littermates when we wake them in the morning.
- Sydney is trying to wiggle between my legs for her hug and if I don’t allow her too, she’ll start jumping on me.
- Rodrigo is spinning in circles, barking at me, he does a jump or two, and then he pushes his sister out of the way for his hug.
All the while, I’m trying to usher them outside for a potty break before we head in for breakfast. That type of energy reads as a project to people who don’t know our dogs; it’s just happy excitement to us. It’s a thought that I hope to keep with me when I’m judging our future dogs who will come to us at all ages.
Students Saving Lives…
“One company with a national reach in the pet industry is working to make a difference. The “Students Saving Lives” program at Animal Behavior College (ABC), headquartered in Santa Clarita, Calif., is part of the school’s international campaign to improve shelter dog rehabilitation and adoption. All students in the ABC certified dog trainer instructor program are asked to volunteer at least 10 hours of training time to a local shelter, humane society or rescue organization.
Since launching the program in 2004, more than 7,800 ABC students all across North America have donated more than 93,000 hours to animal shelters and rescue facilities, saving numerous pets from becoming death-row dogs and cats.”
I’ve heard good and bad things about Animal Behavioral College; I considered looking into online courses when I started this blog. I don’t know what happened with complaints, but I do love this idea of donating dog training to shelters and rescues to help dogs have a better shot at finding their forever home.
Would your dog be seen as ‘a project’ when they’re at home with their family?