Rescue (& Shelter) Resources
CHAAMP has been on a journey searching for knowledge and
guidance to change the lives of our rescues pre/post-adoption
--- on a tight budget. Here is what we discovered.
(1) Knowledge and continued education is key
(2) Learn to read dog body language
(3) Use positive reinforcement training and handling techniques
(4) Understand how the environment affects behavior
(5) Develop resources for rescue and adopters
(6) Create and document processes (Standard Operation Procedures)
(7) If you are a 501c3 non-profit there are FREE resources
Educate yourself and your rescue.
Find an advocate within your rescue who will take the lead in learning, education, and working with a trusted trainer. CHAAMP signed up for The Pet Professional Guild Geek Week and The Lemonade Conference. It is a great way to learn from dog professionals worldwide on various subjects. See a full list of training events that CHAAMP attends under "Training Events" under Resources.
CHAAMP is a Shelter and Rescue Member of The Pet Professional Guild ("PPG"). In 2019, the PPG announced the Pet Rescue Resource Program designed by the Rescue and Shelter Division and supported by Jean Donaldson and the Academy for Dog Trainers. This has FREE training for rescue and shelter.
The Pet Professional Guild **FREE** Pet Owner Membership and access information.
Fear Free Shelters Certification **FREE** online training course
In July 2021, we enrolled in Trish McMillan's Shelter Dog Behavior Mentorship Virtual training. This intensive course covers all aspects of shelter behavior, from intake to post-adoption support. There is a fee for registration.
ASPCApro provides training, research, and resources.
Programs & Operations: https://www.aspcapro.org/programs-operations
We also watch a lot of YouTube videos!
Pawsitive Futures - Bonus, Chelsea Murray is a Malamute Mom
Palm Springs Dog Training - Bonus, Brooke Fagel has a Husky
Instinct Dog Behavior & Training - their website provides FREE online classes!
We listen to podcasts.
Kay Laurence - Learning About Dogs Hosted by Sue McGuire
The Dog Training Audio Experience from Dusk Till Dog Hosted by Erika Gonzalez
Pod to the Rescue - Focused on helping dog rescues, fosters, adopters, and dog lovers
Learn how to read dog body language.
Canine Body Language Guide: https://www.pawsitiveconnection.com.au/articles
Dog Body Language: https://eileenanddogs.com/dog-body-language/
Helping Your Fearful Dog Navigate the World: https://youtu.be/DXCI6hT_60Q
How to Speak Dog: http://www.ispeakdog.org/how-to-speak-dog.html
Silent Conversations: https://www.silentconversations.com/
Learn to read your dog App: https://www.dogdecoder.com/
Doggie Drawings: https://www.doggiedrawings.net/freeposters
Body Language Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8bg_gGguwzg&t=2s
How to Speak Dog: http://www.ispeakdog.org/lets-speak-dog.html
Find a trusted dog trainer that offers a rescue discount.
We asked Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA who is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild to help us find a trainer near us. She referred us to our trainer, Stephanie Peebles. Stephanie is so Zenful, that even the humans felt all our stress go away. CHAAMP owes so much to Stephanie who opened our eyes with her kindness and patience. Despite being dog lovers, we were in desperate need of learning how to best serve our rescues.
Fear Free Pet
The Academy for Dog Trainers
Karen Pryor Academy
Victoria Stilwell Academy
Pat Miller Certified Trainers
Find a Veterinarian Behaviorist
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
How to Choose a Dog Trainer
FREE videos & resources
Dog Decoder: https://www.dogdecoder.com/
Fearful Dogs: https://fearfuldogs.com/
Reactive Dogs: http://careforreactivedogs.com/
Resource Guarding: http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/node/214
Resource Guarding: https://positively.com/dog-behavior/aggression/resource-guarding/
Separation Anxiety: https://www.subthresholdtraining.com/about/
Nicole Wilde: http://www.nicolewilde.com/?
Dog Training 101 - a DVD by Jean Donaldson Can be found at https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/dog-training-101.html
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