Break the Cycle of Dogs Getting Returned

with “Dog Owner Training for Newly Adopted Dogs”

An educational program for dog owners that benefits rescue groups

My Commitment: Keep dogs in their homes and out of shelters or being returned to rescue groups.

The Struggles of Rescue Groups

Being in dog rescue is like a revolving door where it is sometimes difficult to see the difference you make. As soon as you adopt out one dog, five more are waiting in shelters begging you to get rescued. What is even more heartbreaking you found a home for a dog that you considered “good.” But then days or weeks later, the dog gets returned for various reasons. 

As a result of these situations, the dog often develops some undesirable habits that make it more difficult to find a new home. 

 

Dog Adopter Challenges

I believe families who adopt a dog want to do the right thing for their dogs but at the same time they are often overwhelmed. They already have a full and stressful life. They thought the change only halfway through. They don’t understand yet what a dog needs. And they often feel like they should figure it out on their own. After all, “it’s just a dog.” As a result, the dog suffers and they suffer. 

Some people work it out. They do what is necessary and the dog’s well-being and behavior reflects that. 

And some tough it out. They keep the dog but in the long run the dog’s needs are not truly satisfied and the family copes with the unruly or destructive behavior of the dog.

Other families can’t make it work. They say that they don’t have time for the dog, they are allergic, their life has changed etc. and either return the dog to your rescue group or drop it off at a shelter. And the endless cycle continues.

The Solution

Forever Your Dog – is a program intended to break this cycle and encourage families to create unique solutions for their life with their new dog.

Sometimes the solution may be to sign up for a dog training program. Sometimes the solution may be to make adjustments to their schedule. Sometimes it may mean that they have to learn to adjust their own energy and leave the stress outside the home. And other times it may be to prioritize the dog’s needs until they understand the dog better and harmony in the house is restored.

In other words, it is a holistic approach to creating a harmonious and conflict-free environment with their dog.

After all, families want to make it work but often don’t know how. They want peace, they want harmony, but they can’t figure it out on their own; so they give up. A dog group training program may be too much for them and the private dog training session may not have solved the issue because the dog’s behavior wasn’t the source to begin with.

This program looks at the dog adoption / dog ownership from the whole-life perspective and provides customized life and dog leadership solutions.

My Long-Term Vision

With this concept, my long-term vision is to inspire more people to gain confidence and adopt dogs from rescue groups and shelter. But not only the puppies and “flawless” dogs, but also dogs that may have minor issues. After all, and I speak from experience, these dogs have more to teach us than any young and untouched puppy.

Let Us Partner Together

I want to partner with you and provide this resource to your adoption families so that they feel empowered and supported while working through the transition. 

And I want your rescue group to make the money from this. Providing this resource where your organization makes the money is a more impactful contribution of mine to the rescue community than just fostering one dog at a time. 

Logistics

Each month I host a training program where I teach behavior, leadership, and life tips all-around dogs. The days and times will vary from month to month to give as many adopters as possible the chance to participate.

Your adopters can bring their biggest challenge with their dog and get direct feedback from me, a leadership coach and dog trainer. Challenges can be:

  • I don’t know how to make my dog walk on a leash.
  • I don’t have time for my dog.
  • I feel bad that my dog sits in a crate all day. 
  • My dog annoys me with a certain behavior. I was told he didn’t display this behavior at his foster home.
  • My dog is too needy.
  • I can’t control my dog.
  • I am (or a family member is) afraid of my dog.
  • My dog gets too expensive.
  • And so much more

Their investment in the program is $15 which is a direct donation to your rescue group. In other words, the more you encourage your adopters to learn about dogs, the more money you make.

It’s unnecessary to return a dog to a shelter or your rescue group once adopters can see the bigger picture and implement a solution that fits their lifestyle.

~ Reduce the chance that your newly adopted dogs get returned ~
~ Help your families shorten the learning curve ~
~ Receive monetary benefit ~

Click on this link to schedule a 20-minute conversation with me to discuss how you can integrate this valuable program into your adoption process to increase success and longevity.

If you want to register for the next program, click here.

Click here to download a flyer that you can forward to your adoption families.