(1) Complete & submit an application. Of note, we will contact the vet indicated on your application for a reference. The information provided is used to help us match a pup with your lifestyle. We will work with you and answer any questions.
(2) Home Visit is scheduled. **Please be patient while waiting to hear back from us & check your SPAM folder just in case we already responded.** CHAAMP runs on volunteer power and it may take a week or so before we can get back in touch with you. If you have not heard from us, please let us know.
(3) After your home visit, your application is reviewed by the CHAAMP board and we will follow up. Pending approval, we'll typically have an idea of which of our dogs we think are potential matches.
(4) Your adoption coordinator will research and provide a list of Positive Reinforcement (no pain, no force, no fear) rewards-based dog trainers in your area. Together, we will plan and discuss training options. Training begins with us, so we know what to do.
(5) Please read the CHAAMP Adoption Manual, watch the required videos (as shown below), sign the acknowledgment page, and send it back to your adoption coordinator prior to visiting the CHAAMP Pups.
"Michael Shikashio- Presenting Dumping Gas on the Fire! When Leash Reactivity Gets Worse!" by Michael Shikashio during Empowered Dog's International Dog Trainers Summer Summit 2021.
“Helping your fearful dog navigate the world” by Juliana Willems, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA. This video discusses what signs to watch for, how to help your dog feel safe, and what you can do to reduce your dog’s fears.
Enroll in Victoria Stillwell's FREE Starter Course: Building Your Dog’s Confidence
These videos and Victoria Stillwell's course provide information to help you understand how to best welcome your new furry family member.
(6) Make sure you review, print, and follow the 9 Steps to Success tip sheets Illustrated by Lili Chen and created by Dog Latin Dog Training and Behavior Consulting to help guide you and your family.
(7) Next is the fun part, you get to meet the dog(s) that are right for your family and hopefully bring one home. Please note we require that you bring your current dog(s) with you when you come to meet the CHAAMP adoptables. You will also need a second vehicle to separate your dogs for the drive home. We don't make exceptions to this rule so please come prepared, so you do not have to make an additional trip.
As you can see from our application, we ask a lot of questions! The more we know about you and what you're looking for in your dog, the better match we can make.
CHAAMP is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild. No pain, force or fear is one of PPG’s non-negotiable Guiding Principles, which CHAAMP firmly supports so we can do our best for our dogs.
There are many ways to train your dog. Yet the best way, especially with rescue dogs, is one that results in a healthier, emotionally stronger relationship between you through the use of humane and kind techniques. Why choose to subject your pet to fear and pain as part of their training with the use of prong collars, electric shock collars, and popping/jerking ("corrections")? You want your furry companion to trust you and do what you ask because good things happen when he/she collaborates with humans, not because he/she must.
Find a Professional Dog Trainer:
The Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
Fear Free Certified® Trainer
The Academy for Dog Trainers (APDT)
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT)
Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT)
How to Choose a Dog Trainer:
Positive reinforcement (R+) rewards-based training works the best for Mals because they are given a choice to collaborate with you and are rewarded. Make them an offer their taste buds cannot refuse and you will have their attention! We have used R+ to teach Mals not to chase squirrels, deer, etc. It takes time to change natural behavior but it can be done! Training builds confidence and a strong bond with their human. If you choose to adopt from CHAAMP we require an R+ training commitment.
Rescues have been let down enough by humans, let's learn together and make their world a better place!
Please do your research on Alaskan Malamutes before submitting an application: