Guiding Dogs To Adoption Through Board and Training Programs
At West Suburban Humane Society , we talk a lot about the animals that come to us with medical needs . We also have many animals , dogs especially , that come to us with behaviors that need to be addressed before they can become a loving part of someone ’ s family . Meet Tony , Navi , and Rogue , dogs that needed extra help from WSHS . WSHS committed to helping these three dogs adapt to suburban life by sending them to a three-week board and train program and by continuing to work on their training once they came back to our Adoption Center . All three dogs have been successfully adopted .
Tony was a nine-month-old energetic puppy when he arrived at our Adoption Center . In his short life , he had lived in several homes before he came to us . It soon became apparent that no one had ever worked with Tony or taught him manners . He was a bit of a wild child and a challenge for the volunteers to handle .
Navi was a two-year-old , 80-pound pit bull mix that came to us from an animal control in southern Illinois . As you can imagine , his size alone was intimidating ! Like Tony , Navi had never been taught manners and was a lot of dog to handle . He would play rough with the volunteers and needed work on settling down after getting wound up .
Rogue was a three-year-old pit bull mix that came to us from Oklahoma after his owner passed away . Like Navi and Tony , Rogue could also get overstimulated , but he was also nervous around strangers and unsure of new situations . Rogue needed help with his confidence .
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Upon completion of their board and trains , we noticed a huge difference in all three dogs . The staff met with the trainer and learned how to continue working with each of them . In turn , we shared each training plan with the volunteers so that everyone could continue the specific training with each dog back at the adoption center .
At West Suburban Humane Society , we want to ensure that every animal finds their forever home on its first adoption , which is why every dog that completes our board and train program receives one private lesson with its new family . This complimentary lesson allows the adopting family to understand what to watch for with their new companion as they transition to their new home and lets them continue the dog ’ s training they received while in our care .