It’s time for week 6 of the program, which means we’re already half way there! I hope you’re ready for week 6 of our doggie fitness program courtesy of “Pooch to 5k”. Always remember to start off with a visit to your favorite tree, a few minutes of heeling practice, and a brisk five minute walk to ensure you and your pup are properly warmed up. Once you’ve finished that we’ll jump right into week 6. You’ll be doing this workout three days a week with one day of rest in between each session.
Human Animal Bonds for Life (HABL), a grassroots 501c3 organization was started in 2015 by yours truly with the mission of:
- educating the youth on dog safety
- promoting force free ways of communicating with dogs and
- eradicating the use of aversive techniques and tools in pet dog training
It all started when I attended a guardian ad litem training in order to volunteer for the Humane Society’s Paws in the Court program. This program allows children involved in negligence, verbal, emotional and physical abuse to spend time with a dog before he/she testifies in order to ease the child’s stress.
There I learned the tremendous benefit that a dog can offer a child and how many children in our community really could use the interaction of a dog. I left there inspired to start something wonderful and two years later, in the summer of 2017 we launched our first ever dog training summer camp at Rocco’s Pack Dog Training.
Through the camp, children (ages 7-12) are afforded the opportunity to teach and learn from rescue dogs. The child serves as an ambassador for the dog’s adoption and for force free communication. Children also walk away with conflict resolution and problem solving skills that serve the child later in life. Rescue dogs leave the program with a solid foundation of household basic obedience training that will enhance the dog’s chances of adoption.
In 2018, we are aiming to offer the program to children in dependent care by raising funds through City Dog 5K, HABL’s signature fundraising event taking place on February 25, 2018. Read more about this event by clicking here.
If you are a rescue organization or a local shelter interested in collaborating to provide rescue pups for the program, a parent or guardian interested in enrolling a child in the program or child welfare orgainization interested in partnering up, learn more at our website humananimalbondsforlife.org and contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 786-309-5109.
Leby Gonzalez and Rocco’s Pack Staff are working with The Humane Society of Greater Miami to rehabilitate dogs that have proven hard to place in their forever home. At the Humane Society’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center in North Miami Beach, Rocco’s Pack be- gan working together with HSGM staff and volunteers. Leby will be doing weekly evaluation and training sessions with shelter dogs that need additional help with socialization and rehabilita- tion, assisting HSGM staff in their goal to match each dog with the right home. Rocco’s Pack is thrilled to join HSGM’s efforts with the new Training Program, and we are excited to help rescued dogs on their journeys to forever families.
On February 27, Rocco’s Pack participated in the Walk for the Animals Event at Bayfront Park in Miami. Our pack mascot, Rocco the Chocolate Lab, was ready with trainer Leby to greet the crowds. Our Rocco’s Pack booth was visited by many pet owners interested in various types of training and activities for their dogs. We also had our dog agility fitness course.
This past January, I had an opportunity to visit the San Francisco SPCA, a really progressive and inspiring organization and a great model for agencies throughout the country to follow. It was a full day and I wanted to stay for the group cat training class that was held that evening, but time was scarce and it was hard to fit in all the activities the city had to offer.
From veterinary behaviorists, which are far and few throughout the country, to community outreach staff, trainers, a fantastic medical team, dog adoption people, cat adoption people. The San Francisco Bay community really has it good. Knowledge and education is key and this team not only has it, but also they’re willing to share it…with the community, with you, and even with me all the way from across the country. I was humbled to find how generous Dr. Scarlett was, as she personally toured me through the place and introduced me to all the wonderful folks. Lucky me.
I came, I saw, I took notes
During the holidays, Macy’s gives up window space for adoptable cats and dogs. You’ve all heard, “Don’t Shop, Adopt”. At Macy’s in San Francisco, the message is more like “Do shop. Shop and Adopt”. This all-encompassing, grassroots collaboration is what it’s about. Getting all our amazing pets out there, in the community, in the places people go. Making the adoption option salient in people’s mind and creating emotion and a sense of doing the right thing. Then following up, educating, answering questions and creating success stories. Friends, neighbors, business owners, teachers, government officials, we can do that. We’ve already begun.
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