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:

Tools & Tips:

We also watch a lot of YouTube videos!

We listen to podcasts.

Learn how to read dog body language.

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!directory/map


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

Position Statements from The Pet Professional Guild

Helpful Links

Suggested Reading

Training Videos

Dog Training 101 - a DVD by Jean Donaldson Can be found at


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