Many people who surrender pets to our shelter blame problem behaviors. The good news is that often these behaviors can be easily corrected or prevented with training.
We encourage you to look for qualified dog trainers who utilize positive reinforcement based methods. These methods produce reliably trained dogs while minimizing the risk of potential side effects often seen when more punishment based methods are used. (Read why we do not recommend punishment based training.)
Positive reinforcement training is powerful and can be used
for teaching any skill, from the most basic obedience exercises to
advanced behaviors seen in working and performance animals. The Association
of Pet Dog Trainers
offers excellent resources to help you find the right trainer for you
and your pet.
The SHS believe that it is just as important to address the behavioral health of animals in our care as it is to address medical health. Volunteers are needed to help staff provide enrichment for animals staying with us. Enrichment includes petting timid animals, making condos for cats, walking a dog, stuffing frozen KONG toys, and training shelter dogs.
If you would like to volunteer your time and talent to help us with these efforts, please read about becoming an SHS volunteer.