Our dog behavior program provides behavioral rehabilitation and intervention support for dogs with significant behavior challenges. These dogs were not previously saved from euthanasia because they are harder to support and retrain which translates to more time and money.
Many of them lived as strays, suffered pasts filled with abuse and/or neglect, or come to us with unknown histories but plenty of confusion about how to behave or interact with humans and other dogs. Though this program, they have proven time and again that they are dogs who deserve a second chance.
We need your help to give them one.
Each dog in our behavior program costs anywhere between $250 to several thousand more to save than an average easier to place dog. By donating to this program, you are directly helping us to get more dogs not only out of the shelter alive, but learning the skills they need to thrive as loved companion animals.
It pays for training, professional evaluations, scholarships, dog handling equipment, enrichment toys, and whatever our pooches happen to need.
APA!’s Dog Behavior Team works to offer comprehensive support that meets the needs of the dogs in our care and puts them on the path to thriving in adoptive homes. We offer multi-level trained handler programs, enrichment and socialization opportunities like TTouch, agility, basic training, canine massage, doga, and doggie playgroups, ongoing training workshops for volunteers & staff and more intensive support like Dog Mentors, behavioral foster homes, and professional trainer or behaviorist intervention.
Our goal is to give our dogs every opportunity to succeed.
Visit our volunteer intranet page and learn about how YOU can volunteer with APA!’s Dog Behavior Team!
We also invite you to follow our pups on the Giving Dogs a Fresh Start facebook page where you can check our gallery of success stories like …