Tucson Tails: Canine College Graduation – Feb. 23by Karyn Zoldan on Feb. 22, 2013, under Adopt Me! Adopt Me! Adopt Me!, Animal News, Dogs, Canines, Fun with Fido, Barking Encouraged
What a great idea especially for dogs that might otherwise be hard to adopt. A confident dog is a good dog.
What: Canine College graduation
When: 10‐11 a.m., Saturday
Where: Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd.
Why: Celebrate the transformation of a few remarkable shelter dogs, and maybe take one home!
from the press release
Shelter pets have class! The Humane Society of Southern Arizona invites Tucson dog lovers to attend its first‐ever commencement ceremony for Canine College graduates.
The HSSA designed Canine College to help adoptable dogs learn obedience commands, adjust to new environments and ultimately impress the perfect adoptive family. Volunteers are trained to work one‐on‐one with enrolled dogs. Using positive reinforcement techniques, dogs master valuable skills such as loose‐leash walking and specialty tricks, as well as gaining socialization and confidence and reducing boredom and anxiety.
Canine College has already transformed dozens of dogs, just like Gus. When Gus arrived at the HSSA in September, he was shut down and overwhelmed. Petrified with fear, Gus would cower in the corner of his kennel and shy away from attention. Now he’s a different dog! Thanks to some guidance from his volunteer trainer, Andrew, Gus is building confidence, trusting new people and is on his way to a brighter future.
Gus and his friends look forward to showing off this Saturday during a festive celebration that will include dog-themed cupcakes and a gift bag for everyone who adopts one of these special scholars. So join the fun at the HSSA and find the answer to the age old question “Can an old dog learn new tricks?”