Our program is designed to help enhance the quality of life for shelter dogs while promoting each dog’s adoptability. Dogs in our program come from all different walks of life and there’s no way for us to know what type of background they may come from or where to start in our training.

So what do we do?

PB SOC Training Drills Class

All of our dogs receive the same, relationship-based training foundation. Our No. 1 priority is to ensure that each and every time the dog comes out of a kennel, it has a good experience with our volunteers. We do this to help build trust and teach the dogs that their time out of the kennel with us means good things. We use positive reinforcement and benevolent leadership to help establish boundaries. By having a solid foundation of trust and leadership, we are able to to take them from dogs to valued members of families and our community!

In the video below, you will see an example of our Drills Class for dogs. Much of our volunteering is not in a “class” form. However, these structured drills are important for providing dogs with real-life experiences and teaching them how to behave in close proximity of other dogs.

Our obedience training focuses on several main objectives:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Down
  • Watch – Me
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Leave It

trainingAll of our training is built using relationship-based methods and positive reinforcement. Our goal isn’t necessarily to make each dog “obedient,” though obedience certainly makes them more appealing to adopters! We just know that a dog who is able to understand what their human is asking, or communicating to them, is an all around more confident dog. Our training is designed to set dogs up for success. Dogs learn to trust and have confidence with handlers, while potential families get the benefit of working dogs who have been given “the basics.” It’s a win, win, win!

Plus it’s a lot of fun! We use many tricks and tools to be successful, but one of our strongest tools is consistency. When all of our volunteers are using the same hand signals, communication becomes very clear, further building the dog’s confidence. It is so wonderful to be able to see a dog blossom while in the shelter. We see huge transformations with our dogs from the first week of training to the end of their stay at the shelter in our program, and it is all because of our wonderful, dedicated volunteers.