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SCCP: Dog Training
By: Brandy Juarez Lopez
How do animals bring balance in your life?
They bring social, mental, emotional, and physical benefits.
There are many more ways animals can influence and impact our lives: companionship, love, bonds, stability, and most importantly joy.
About Mrs. Carol:
Bachelors and Masters in Education from Mercer University in Atlanta
Masters in Administration/Supervision from West Georgia College
Ed.S in Administration/Supervision from Jacksonville State University
1981 to 1987 Taught science in Cobb County Schools
1988 to 1998 Supervisor of Science Education in Cobb County Schools
1998 to 2008 Curriculum Supervisor for Cherokee County Schools
Retired in 2008
When I retired I began volunteering on Saturdays at Doggie U at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter. Each Sat morning at 8:30 we worked as a team to take out each dog for a walk and some basic training. The goal was to get every dog out for at least 20-25 minutes. For some dogs it was the only time they left their kennels all week.
At the time there was no program during the weekdays but there was a mother (Lori Kekel) and her daughter (Kat) who was home schooled who came a few days a week. I joined them, we worked with the dogs and put together a weekday program called Shelter Friends(SF). People started coming in asking if they could volunteer and we now have an organized training program for each potential volunteer. The program runs Tues thru Sat. with a focus on not only walking the dogs but doing enrichment which stimulates the dogs mind as well as body.
While the focus for SF is the animals, we also work to provide educational information to the community in the form of outreach/fundraising, tours of the adoption facility, and any idea we can find to encourage spay/neuter and microchipping for every animal on the county. Until all Cherokee County pet owners spay/neuter and microchip we will continue to have a shelter that takes in approx 4000 animals a year (pigs, goats, horses, rabbits, snakes,etc)
In 2008 when high school students came in wanting to do their senior projects at the shelter, the staff told them they had no person available to mentor them. So I began working with seniors since I had a background in education and in volunteering at the shelter. It was a perfect match. Last year 46 high school seniors did their project at the shelter.
Joy is helping a potential adopter find their furever companion. You can help make that happen.
One rule a person has to be aware of is that a dog cannot be bathed more than once every two to four weeks
At the shelter, we could only bathe the dogs from neck down and leading to their tails.
This is because there is not a tearless shampoo for their head at the shelter.
When drying off dogs, I had to make sure I did not rub into their skin roughly. A tip Casey gave me was to dry the dogs like I would dry my hair, just be gentle.
There are many breeds, their coats also vary. In some cases it is best to search up or ask a vet for a recommended shampoo that will not damage fur or cause harm to the skin.
A method in walking the dogs is:
If a dog pulls, you lead them to turn around you.
Some dogs are very hyper, many walks around will be necessary.
Rachel showed me the supply closet which held the dog toys and treats.
She explained that this certain toy was to stimulate their minds because walking is not always enough. Walking only tires out the physical state while the mind needs something to make it work.
The dog on the right, to my surprise found it easy and caught on quickly.
Basically, someone would have to have the toy in the sights of the dog. Then they would have the dog know the treat is in the toy and gently shake it so it goes into the next slot, covered up of course. The dog would have to nudge the toy open with its snout.