November 10, 2013
Volunteers at the Orange County Animal Shelter learned how to teach old dogs new tricks during a shelter training session on Sunday.
More than 40 volunteers went out to the shelter dog training and enrichment program to help make the dogs at the Orange County Animal Shelter more adoptable.
One tool they used to help the dogs is a gentle leader, which is a smaller leash that goes around the dog’s face to give the handler more control and teaches the dog to follow.
"Spending some time with them, doing some training is really just absolutely invaluable to these dogs,” says Erika Proctor, an animal behavior specialist. “It's a matter of life and death here, so if we get their training started, then they can find wonderful forever homes.”
Volunteers from the Louisa and Orange County Humane Societies were also involved in the training.