Ricky in class with a dog handler
Friends, hello! In this report, we want to tell you about the very important and responsible work carried out by volunteer dog handlers with the dogs of the shelter.
Students of the Dog Training Center under the mentorship of Elena Sergeevna Santalina, a behavioral correction specialist at the Drug Center, are involved in training the shelter's dogs.
Dogs are taught obedience skills, walk with them, play, carry out socialization work. Dogs learn well and with pleasure, become more controllable, sociable and relaxed, which increases the chances of successful placement in a new family and minimizes the risks of behavior problems that arise in dogs when moving to a new home.
In addition, Elena Sergeevna conducts at least three consultations with each potential owner:
1. Selection of a dog suitable for temperament, behavior; acquaintance.
2. Lesson on the study of the cynological minimum.
3. Practical work, establishing emotional attachment to the dog and future owners.
After the dog has moved to a new family, Elena Sergeevna remains in touch with the new owners and advises them by phone on all issues related to the behavior of the animal in the new house. In the first month, communication usually takes place by phone several times a week, then - as needed. If the new owners cannot cope with the problem, the dog handler goes to the site to work with the dog in person and make recommendations for correcting undesirable behavior.
This work helps both the dog and the owners to quickly adapt to new circumstances, understand each other and learn to live together, which naturally reduces the percentage of dogs returning to the shelter to almost zero.
From July 2020 to the present, 55 dogs have been given to new families, which means that Elena Sergeevna conducted at least 165 face-to-face consultations before giving the animal to the shelter and an uncountable number of telephone consultations!
In the photo, Rikki's dog with the owners during an in-person consultation with a dog handler. Rikki entered the family well, there were no problems in the house, she also felt great when walking in the park, but in more crowded places (near shops, transport stops) Rikki felt discomfort and behaved anxiously. The dog handler offered the owners a program to correct this problem, showed how to behave correctly with the dog in these situations. The owners are working according to the proposed program, there are good results and hope that this problem will be solved.
In addition to cynological work with animals, we are trying to improve their living conditions. With the funds received from the GG, we were able to pay for the partitions in the premises for the living of animals, and replace the cages with separate enclosures. The participation of each of you allows our wards to take another step towards a healthy and home life. We are very grateful to people who do not pass by and lend a helping hand to our smaller brothers! Thank you for being with us!
The student is engaged with the pet of the shelter
New residential dog enclosures