The Austin Pets Alive! Dog Behavior Program will provide the dogs in our care all available resources to enhance their quality of life and save as many lives as possible.
We recognize, respect, and treat each animal as an individual. We utilize all tools and techniques in our programs to teach and support healthy, appropriate behavior to companion dogs within our community. We support our adopters in strengthening and nourishing their bond with their companion. We share our program successes with other animal welfare organizations to support life-saving efforts beyond our own shelter and community.
Each dog in our behavior program costs anywhere between $250 to several thousand dollars more to save than an average, easier to place, dog. By donating to this program, you are directly helping us to get more dogs out of the shelter alive and learn the skills they need to thrive as loved companion animals in forever homes. Donations pay for training, dog handling equipment, enrichment toys, special training treats, and all of the resources and tools our pooches need to succeed.
Play groups are a great way for dogs to socialize with one another and get exercise while potential adopters and staff at APA! get a better idea of their unique traits. This part of the dog behavior program has led to the saving and enrichment of countless lives at APA! To learn more about this program or to watch videos of playgroups in action, click here!
Starting summer 2013, large-breed adult dogs in the dog behavior program at APA! also began training to be American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizens. For information about this program, check out the feature page here!
The APA! Dog Behavior team provides a wide variety of ways for volunteers to get involved with the dogs and the program as a whole. For more details about available opportunities, check out the dog
behavior volunteer opportunities page!
Adoption Follow-up Program
The adoption follow-up program is provided by APA!’s behavior department staff and is a complimentary service for all dogs adopted from APA! regardless of age, size, breed, medical, or behavior history. The follow-up services include:
* Phone Consultations
* Private lessons at the shelter (or in the home if adopters live close by!)
* No time limit on support, it is available for the lifetime of the pet!
*Several of our adoptable dogs even come with free training sessions after adoption!
**The APA! Dog Behavior Staff cannot provide basic obedience group classes, but do provide support for any behavioral issues/concerns. Adopters are also notified of recommended basic trainers in their area. **