Published at Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 - 16:11:43 PM. . By Karyn Bates.
So that’s my goal. To help you, who cares and has a little extra time on their hands to help one of the shelter dogs in your care. Canine kennel behavior modification is possible, but remember, not all dogs can be saved, shelters have to abide by certain rules and that’s for a good reason. But, in general, I like to think, they’re willing to stretch a little from time to time, you just have to be prepared not to screw it up.
Back to what I said at the top, I was startled to see so many people interacting with dogs in an unsafe manner at the shelter. I remember one day my coworker stepping into a kennel to scan a dog for a microchip, I saw the warning signs while she was woefully unaware, as I was about to urge her out of the kennel the dog grabbed her arm with a quick nip. While she was filing out paperwork I was sighing as I stepped into the kennel and finished her job. You might think that’s unsafe, after the dog just nipped my coworker, but the dog had warned her, and she had not responded to the dogs warning. I see the dogs warning, I react and calm it, and scan the dog. If I didn’t, what could happen to the dog? The owners wouldn’t get contacted if it actually did have a microchip, in the meantime, the dog grows more stressed as the days pass with no one to calm its fears. It gets marked an unsafe/ un-adoptable dog. Possibly euthanized because the owners didn’t check at the local shelter and its time was up. All because the kennel worker who was supposed to scan the dog, didn’t care to look for warning signs and use proper animal shelter etiquette.
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