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The Buster Foundation Pit Bull Rescue: Orvis Dog Enrichment Grant Report

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

This money was used to hire a professional trainer to work with our dogs one-on-one and in group lessons. Our volunteers and fosters received instruction in handling as well.

This grant gave us the ability to hire a professional dog trainer to work with our dogs and volunteers/fosters one-on-one and in group sessions. Behavior/training issues included general anxiety/fear of new surroundings and people, dog-dog reactivity, pulling on leash, jumping and misbehaving on leash and not knowing basic training (sit, stay, down, wait, etc.). Our volunteers and foster families also benefited by learning how to properly walk the dogs and how to give consistent commands. Because of these classes, our dogs are now able to be taken on walks, by themselves or in groups. This helps greatly with their mental well-being, their health, and in making them more attractive to potential adopters. A dog who is walking calmly on a leash and sitting politely when asked to is much more attractive than one who, while happy, is bouncing about and pulling out of control.

How many pets did this grant help?

About 20 -- all the dogs in the organization received some training.

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

Bundy’s owner passed away in their home, and Bundy (center dog in the first photo) was left there for more than a month with little human contact. During an initial evaluation done by our trainer, it was evident that there were high levels of anxiety, which would come out in the form of reactivity. Bundy was uncomfortable being touched. He was very pushy and jumped almost constantly. A family member became a temporary foster home. We went out several times to do training with Bundy while he learned to trust again. He learned impulse control, basic obedience, and that humans weren’t so bad. We also taught his foster parents how to safely handle and manage Bundy. The training was Bundy’s only chance. He ended up in a wonderful home with two other dog siblings.

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