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Volunteers sought to help with Humane Society ‘clicker’ training program

The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs has begun a new six-week program to clicker train their shelter dogs.

The program is called “Click for Life: Change Our Shelter One Click At A Time,” and the goal of the training is to enforce positive behaviors in the dogs that will enhance their likelihood of adoption and improve their quality of life.

According to Society fliers, the training’s main focus will be to eliminate, “stress barking, adverse kennel behavior and teach walking on a loose leash.”

The classes will be taught and supervised by local dog trainer Marnie George Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. from now until May 5.

By the end of the training program, the following results should be achieved: reduce barking and fence aggression by 50 percent, reduce stress for both dogs and people, see more adoptable behaviors present in shelter dogs, reduce jumping up, have more people enjoying visiting shelter dogs, reduce fearfulness in dogs and socialize dogs with humans so they will be more trainable once adopted.

However, the most integral part of this training program isn’t the dogs, but volunteers who will be training the dogs. For those interested in volunteering to clicker train shelter dogs and also learn the training method to train their own dogs, call Chalyn Fitzgerald at the Humane Society Animal Shelter 731-4771.

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