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The Behavior Department: In the House

The Kentucky Humane Society takes its behavior help to where the problems occur: the home

The Kentucky Humane Society takes its behavior help to where the problems occur: the home

India Lawson
Since October 2000, the Kentucky Humane Society has been actively addressing behavior problems, which are the primary cause of dog relinquishments in our open-admission facility. The mission of KHS’s behavior program is to promote lasting relationships between pets and owners through education and positive training, offering owners feasible options before they make the difficult decision to surrender a pet.

Our comprehensive program provides enough group class training to keep responsible owners and their canine companions busy for years. Starting with two basic obedience classes, Positively Puppies and Manners for Life, the regimen continues with intermediate Tricks for Treats; dogs can even advance to “Canine College” or get their Canine Good Citizen certification. For more active (and competitive) dog/owner teams, we also offer beginner- to competitive-level agility training.

But while group classes are an effective way to address basic obedience, manners, and early socialization, owners of dogs with more serious issues—such as aggression and separation anxiety—need more personal attention. That’s where KHS’s in-home training program comes in, providing early intervention and hopeful alternatives to dogs who otherwise may have ended up at our doorstep in need of shelter.

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