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For the Comfort of Canines

New DVD aims to enrich dogs’ lives at the shelter and beyond

New DVD aims to enrich dogs’ lives at the shelter and beyond

Canine Comforts, a DVD that provides dog training tips for shelter personnel, includes examples of what not to do. Above, a volunteer loses control of the dog she’s walking.
Think of your shelter as a “life skills” class for dogs.

That’s one of the messages in Canine Comforts: A Shelter Enrichment Program for the Canines in Your Care, a video from PARTNERS! Canines, a nonprofit based in Shenandoah, Va.

Multiple studies have shown that dogs who get basic, well-planned care at the shelter will be mentally and physically happier and healthier in their new homes, and less likely to be returned to a shelter, notes PARTNERS! Canines founder Melissa Bahleda in the video’s introduction. The 20-minute Canine Comforts, written by Bahleda (a dog trainer and behavior counselor) and filmed at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA and the Page SPCA in Virginia, shows and tells shelters how to keep their dogs comfortable, healthy, and stimulated—with an eye toward encouraging the positive behaviors the dogs will need to be accepted in their new families.

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