Friday, April 8, 2016

Understanding the Various Groups of Dogs

A dog in a shelter is almost never the dog it would be in a home, and this is certainly true of Cairns.  Kennel Syndrome is a real and difficult barrier for shelter dogs to overcome.  When a Cairn is rescued by Col. Potter, the two week minimum period of evaluation is essential to give the dog time to feel safe in the home environment so they can show their true personalities.

The Various Groups of Dogs
Bound Angels University Session 1 - Lecture #2

This video lecture by Robert Cabral discuss the various groups of dogs, their inherent drives, and what these mean in their interactions with humans, and the specific training implications of these characteristics.  At the 8:11 minute mark, he gives an excellent explanation of the Terrier drive.

Learning to identify and understand dogs’ drives better is an important tool to developing a balanced training approach, focused on creating happier dogs that don't end up being killed in our nation's shelters.  This is part of the Bound Angels University Program that helps shelters save more lives by better understanding dogs.

The Various Groups of Dogs - Bound Angels University Session 1 - Lecture #2

The Binary Dog - Bound Angels University Lecture #2

The Genetic Makeup of the Dog - Bound Angels University Lecture #1

Bound Angels University is a wonderful new training program aimed at saving more dogs’ lives, especially focused on dogs that do not do well in a typical shelter environment.   Training is offered Free of Charge to shelter employees from any shelter, so please feel free to pass this information on to shelters you know of in your area.  For now, all sessions will be in Los Angeles, CA, so participants only need to be able to get there and have accommodations for the three days.

Bound Angels University

The classes will be held at the West LA LAAS Shelter located at 11361 West Pico Blvd in West LA, CA.  There will be a full three days of training including behavior theory, shelter dog handling, understanding drives, and working with shelter dogs in a variety of situations including playgroups.  All participants will be employees of animal control agencies, humane societies and SPCA's.
Day 1: Canine Behavior Theory: During the theory portion of the training students / participants are taught (in classroom format) the various breeds, drives, temperaments, situations, benefits, and pitfalls of working with shelter dogs.  Understanding the basics of the canine personality / drive and how to work with it in the often-times stressful shelter environment.
Day 2: Understanding and Working with Canine Behavior: During the behavior training we focus on understanding a dog’s behavior in the shelter environment and how it may be different from the dog’s true personality.  This is a hands-on training day handling dogs, working dogs and learning to assess the behavior of the dogs students work with.  How can we use the behaviors we see, how can we modify the behaviors through engagement and training to help save more lives?  Reading the behavior of dogs with people, other dogs, around toys and distractions is covered as well as understanding what potential homes and people might be best suited for each individual dog.  On day 2 we also cover the application of the theory lessons learned on Day One.

Day 3: Playgroups: Playgroup training brings all the pieces together. Once students learn the basics of canine behavior theory and application, we now teach students the importance of the canine pack drive.  Playgroups for dogs have proven to increase adoptions, increase the overall health and well-being of dogs, and increase the public’s opinion of shelters. 

In order to participate in the Bound Angels University training program applicants must work in the animal care capacity of a municipal shelter, humane society or SPCA.  These positions include ACT (animal care technician), Staff Behaviorist, Senior Dog Trainer, and/or Volunteer Supervisor.  A member of the shelters management is also encouraged to attend the training with the animal care employee.  Participating shelters will become shelter partners with Bound Angels, which entitles participants continued support including Adoption Handouts, Support through the network, access to online training resources, and more. 

For the application, please click here:

In this thought provoking video, Robert Cabral speaks at a Symposium at UCLA, giving a clear and insightful explanation of Kennel Syndrome, Barrier Aggression, and the simple but important positive training he is implementing via Bound Angels to help shelters help the dogs in their care, enabling them to find homes when they might otherwise fail in the shelter system.  Great lessons for all who are dedicated to Rescue.

Robert Cabral, Founder and Executive Director of Bound Angels, is an authority on canine behavior and shelter dogs.  His first hand knowledge of shelter behavior, aggression, and dog training is a lifesaver to dogs that have no one to speak for them - Robert speaks for them, sometimes eloquently, oftentimes candidly - but always honestly and always with the intent to make the world a better place for them.  Bound Angels helps animal shelters save more lives through information and knowledge.

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