Last month I had the privilege of attending a wonderful seminar along with staff and other volunteers at the Toronto Humane Society and Speaking of Dogs - Dogs Playing For Life, run by Aimee Sadler, Director of Training and Behaviour at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. She shows shelters (across the US, and now Canada) how to implement playgroups, so that dogs can get out of kennels and interact with each other. Not only does this provide the dogs with an enriching experience and socialization, it seriously improves their chances at a quick and successful adoption! Dogs that can seem aggressive on-leash or in their kennels often prove to be friendly with other dogs in playgroups, improving their odds of finding a home. For more info, check out the Playing for Life! website.
I so look forward to participating in THS playgroups in the coming weeks!
Regan is a certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT), has certification in First Aid and CPR for Pets, and some beginner training in Herbal Remedies and Aromatherapy for personal use.