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Routt County Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Dogs Playing for Life mentorship training

Since we have implemented playgroups in our shelter, this program has helped decrease stress and anxiety levels in our dogs. It has provided valuable insight into how dogs interact with one another, allowing staff to find better adoption placements. This helps us better inform people as to the dog's natural play style so that adopters can be aware of it and don't mistake play for aggression. Playgroups also allow us to better assess each animal's dog/dog behavior.

How many pets did this grant help?

35 since August 1, 2018 -- the start of the program

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This program has significantly helped one of our long-term residents, Kirby. Kirby came to us as a transfer from a rural shelter. He was adopted out and returned a while later due to his reactivity towards vehicles. Kirby has been in training during his stay with us and we are pleased with his progress and the role playgroups have played in it. The ability to socialize and interact with other dogs has given him an outlet to decrease stress and satisfy his social needs. Kirby gets along with most dogs and enjoys active play sessions. We have utilized playgroups after training sessions to help him retain what he has just learned. We have noticed that this is particularly helpful in Kirby’s case. Staff have noticed that regular play sessions with different playmates has reduced Kirby’s stress and increased his focus during training sessions. Meet him:

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