The most important thing we can do at the shelter is help the dogs
and cats feel better about being in a kennel and people approaching
their kennel. When volunteers get involved in our Open Paw University,
they learn these fundamentally important skills on the 1st day of
their volunteer experience. This has an immediate impact on the
shelter animals. As volunteers become familiar with these principles
and techniques, they will learn more and more complex animal training
methods in the Open Paw Four-step training program.
We want to
make the Open Paw Four Level Training Program the national standard
for shelter workers (directors, staff, and volunteers), such that
(1) shelter staff received requisite training and (2) shelters may
become educational centers for practical (hands on) training of
prospective, recent, and longtime pet guardians, and centers for
Adopters Anonymous, the Advanced Behavior Lectures, and video nights,
in other words, that the shelters are an enjoyable and informative
place to visit.
Paw University Honor Students
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