Open Paw Program

We teach Open Paw training once a month.  It is a program developed by Dr. Ian Dunbar specifically for shelter dogs and cats.  It teaches volunteers how to consistently and safely handle the dogs and cats.  It provides the dogs and cats with opportunities to become better behaved and thus more adoptable.  It also provides mental stimulation and physical exercise for the dogs (and volunteers). 

The manual explaining the techniques is attached. It explains all 4 levels.

As a no kill adoption centre we often have our dogs for longer periods of time than many other shelters.  We have found that the Open Pw approach is superb, but not enough for in some cases.  Therefore we have implemented a supplement to the training for volunteers we call level 5.

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