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 email@example.com or 786-309-5109.
Day training occurs on Tuesdays and Thursday and consists of:
environmental enrichment and
Drop off at Rocco’s Pack is between 8:30am and 8:45am. Once everyone is droppped off, we usually do a short walk to burn off the initial energy and excitement about being at Rocco’s Pack! Then we go for our outing. Outings vary from week to week; they usually consist of a local dog park, a dog friendly scenic destination where we can do a group walk or a dog friendly swimming destination.
After the outing, we come back to Rocco’s Pack and everyone gets a chance to rest a bit and re-energize for training. Usually, during this time, dogs are given dog puzzles, games or other environmental enrichment options.
The afternoon consists of training, often times occurring one on one and in a group, depending on the dogs needs. Intermittently throughout the afternoon, dogs are rotated throughout the various activities, i.e., one on one training, group training, environmental enrichment, socialization sessions and walks.
It’s by far the most comprehensive type of training you can give your dog without having to leave him overnight.
If you’re a first time day training client, we require that you enroll your dog in 4 consecutive day training sessions to start off. This gives us an opportunity to get to know your dog and assess your dog’s social needs and limits as well as training opportunities. After the initial four sessions, you can bring your dog as often or as little as you’d like. Just let us know and we’ll reserve a spot for your pooch!
Certified professional dog trainer, Leby Gonzalez of Rocco’s Pack will be offering a free “All about Dogs” Frequently Asked Q & A Session on Saturday, February 7th at 4pm.
Come with a human companion or come with your furry companion. All those that attend will be entered into a drawing for a free 1 hour dog training consult and will be offered 10% off any dog training service.
We’ll also have yummy treats for you and for the four legged furry ones. Space is limited, so please RSVP below.