As more and more people choose to adopt their new canine companions, it is important to recognize that not all rescue dogs are created equally. They come to us with their own unique past, and their ability to socialize and acclimate into our urban society can vary greatly. This detailed course takes a deep dive in understanding the individual dog and classifying them with the unique considerations involved in introducing a free-roaming dog into a domestic home, as well as strategies to better meet their needs and promote a safe integration into family life. Participants will receive a comprehensive outline on assessing and categorizing dogs as strays, street/village dogs, semi-feral or feral, and strategies for successful foster/home placement. This program provides an in-depth study of free roaming dogs and the ethological factors, as well as genetics, environmental influences, and the importance of agency in learning. The information provided has been carefully gathered from peer reviewed studies and leading industry professionals to provide an easy-to-understand guide for developing training programs that are uniquely suited to each specific dog.

Topics covered include:

  • Identifying markers for categorization
  • Effects of learning, genetics and environment on behaviour
  • Assessing potential challenges
  • Implementing preventative measures
  • Realistic Goal Setting
  • Ethical discussion and Case Study Reviews
  • Learning Theory Strategies

This course has been developed for professionals and volunteers working in the animal rescue field, trainers who work with free roaming dogs, as well foster parents and members of the public.

Dates & Locations

To be announced