Welcome to Open Paw®, your definitive animal training resource. Open Paw is here to give you and your pet the tools you need to build a lasting and successful relationship with one another and with your community. Here you'll find expert information to help you BEFORE you choose a new pet, AFTER you bring your new dog or cat home, and DURING your ongoing relationship with your companion animal.

The Open Paw for Shelters® Four Level Training Program for People and Dogs DVD is now available! Open Paw co-founder Kelly Gorman Dunbar demonstrates all of the training tips and techniques included in the Open Paw Shelter Program. Suitable for both staff and volunteers, the program includes: Minimum Mental Health Requirements, Classical Conditioning, All-or-None Reward Training, Environmental Enrichment, Lure Reward Training, Kennel Safety, Handling, Progressive Desensitization, Rules for Tug of War, Polite Greetings, Off Leash
Training, Loose Leash Walking, and much more!

Hear Clare Williams of the National Animal Welfare Trust talk about implementing Open Paw

Find supporting materials and Open Paw® gear at our store!

Thinking about getting a dog or cat?
Learn what to expect, how to select the best companion animal for your home and lifestyle, what items to buy, what to do during those exciting first few weeks. Find simple, gentle training techniques that will last a lifetime.

Is your child bugging you to get a pet?
Growing up with a pet is an enriching experience. Worried you'll end up being the one holding the (poop) bag? You will. Use this section to educate and prep your kids – and yourself.


Already have a dog/cat at home?
Find easy tips about problem-solving and behavior, selecting obedience classes and trainers, and other pet resources, including:

Sculpting good manners
Errorless Housetraining
Got a pet problem?
• The best chew toys and cat toys


Open Paw for Shelters
Open Pawimproves the placement of great pets in new homes by offering a humane, revolutionary approach to sheltering that provides a list of Minimum Mental Health Requirements. Learn more.

Open Paw is pleased to announce its 2012 Open Paw® Shelter Grant award recipient: The Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) of Washington, DC. Open Paw®’s revolutionary shelter program helps WARL become a community education center, getting pets into homes and keeping pets out of shelters.

The Open Paw Shelter Manual is a practical guide that offers clear, step-by-step instructions for implementing this revolutionary program in your shelter. It's a must have for shelters that want to make a difference!

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Open Paw is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving people and animals the tools they need to build successful relationships with one another and with their community.


Open Paw in the News
First Open Paw shelter in the UK
Open Paw: A novel approach
Open Paw: Helping pets & people
Good Dogs get Good Homes


Training lectures
Stay tuned for new video lectures on our website!

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The most burning question of the month from Adopters Anonymous submissions


Open Paw Store
It's here! Ian Dunbar's must-have book
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