At Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, we take in dogs of all ages, backgrounds and temperaments. Of course, this naturally means that some of our dogs are cute, wiggly puppies and others are older animals (who still make wonderful pets!) that may benefit from some good manners.
Fortunately, we have our Mutts With Manners Training Program to help with that. Our Mutts With Manners Program starts shortly after an animal arrives at LTBHS. They are evaluated and temperament tested to see if there are any issues that need to be addressed. Once their behavioral needs are assessed, LTBHS staff works with them to develop a training plan just for them!
This program has made an incredible impact on our shelter animals! Three year old Walker, for instance, has made great strides during his time in the program. Walker is a longtime shelter resident due to some specific needs (no cats, he is a bit choosy about his canine playmates and should go to a home with older children). He also has issues with guarding his toys and food, and is reactive to other dogs, all of which have been the focus of his training.
Staff have worked with Walker since he arrived and he has made great progress! He’s become a lot less reactive of other dogs and has even begun to make some friends while here. At first, we believed that Walker should be the only dog in the home, but since he has done so well with his training, we think that he may be able to go to a home with another dog (if the match is right). He’s also made a lot of progress in regard to guarding toys, treats and other items.
We are so proud of Walker and how far he’s come since his arrival at LTBHS and we know he’ll make a great addition to someone’s family! We are thankful that our Mutts With Manners Program has, and continues to, make such a difference at our shelter. It has meant lower return rates and in turn, more space at our shelter to rescue more animals, win-win!