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Update on our dog behavior program

We want to share the successes of our staff and volunteers who work with APA behavior dogs! Although Austin Animal Center is at a 90% Save Rate, large breed dogs with behavior issues (or what appear to be behavior issues … Continue reading

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Playgroups!

Twice daily dog playgroups are now in full swing over at the Town Lake Animal Center thanks to our new dog behavior manager, Mike Kaviani. For about 2 weeks, our dogs have gone out together to play in the yards.  … Continue reading

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APA’s new dog behavior manager

We are excited to announce that professional trainer Mike Kaviani is joining our behavior program to take it to the next level and start making a bigger dent in the last piece of the No Kill puzzle: the “Last 10%.” … Continue reading

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Thinking “Outside the Kennel”: Nose Work

Recently, we’ve been talking a lot about the “Last 10%” – that is, the last piece of Austin’s No Kill puzzle that is still being killed at our city shelter. This demographic is made up of large adult dogs with … Continue reading

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Love Sweets? Meet Lollipop!

For one hundred and eighty-five days, Lollipop has been waiting patiently for a home. (That’s 3.5 dog years!) This beautiful brindled girl was picked up roaming the streets of Austin as a stray. When the new city shelter became overcrowded, … Continue reading

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Leash Gremlins, Dog Tornadoes, and Reactivity

We could also call this post, “Things that make you say woof.”   Or, on a sadder note, things that prevent dogs from getting adopted or cause them to be surrendered to the shelter.  Reactivity.  To other dogs, to people, to … Continue reading

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Behavior Surprises… Saving Dogs as They Come

As we continue our dialogue about saving the last 10% of savable dogs still dying at Austin’s city shelter, there is an interesting piece of this puzzle that bears mentioning.  Not every dog who ends up in our behavior program … Continue reading

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Adopt This Dog! (Cupcake… Falling in love with the last 10%)

I’ve been volunteering with APA! for several years now and have been a giant dog nerd pretty much since birth. As a child, I drew up contracts for my mother about all of the things I was willing to offer would she … Continue reading

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