This past month, Ain't Misbehaving had the opportunity to work with the junior volunteers at the Animal Defense League. The class consisted of 6 junior volunteers and 6 shelter dogs. The volunteers learned how to read dog body language and how to use positive reinforcement training to work with the shelter dogs. The dogs learned sit, down, coming when called, loose leash walking, and other things.
Sometimes we would have new dogs due to adoption. One dog, Sugar, was the only one to go through the whole class. Her trainer, Brian, did a fantastic job with her. She started off the class bouncing of the walls and had a hard time focusing. By the end of the class, she had all eyes on Brian and could do a long down-stay.
We even got at private tour of SeaWorld, where the junior volunteer trainers learned how SeaWorld trainers use positive reinforcement training for the animals. Thanks to all of the Junior Volunteer Trainers for all of your hard work!
For more information on volunteering with ADL, check out their website: http://animaldefenseleague.org/
CPDT-KA and Animal Behavior Consultant