EMPOWERING SHELTER DOGS THROUGH CHOICE.
EDUCATION FOR SHELTER STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.
ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT INCLUDE PLAY.
EMPOWERMENT

 

Our shelter playgroup guidelines are driven by the concepts of choice and empowerment, and adherence to the ethical guidelines adopted by certifying bodies, like the IAABC and CCPDT.

 

Through the application of the 

science of choice and the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) principles, we promote healthy dog-dog interactions.

EDUCATION

Managing healthy dog interactions requires knowledge and skill.  Our guidelines are accompanied by
educational materials, including videos on our YouTube channel.  

 

We have developed the 

guidelines and materials to be clear yet flexible so that you can 

implement them in your shelter, regardless of resources.

 

ENRICHMENT

Playgroups are only one part of a shelter enrichment program.  Our guidelines have been developed by animal behavior experts with
recognized credentials, and feature information on developing a robust enrichment program.

 

If you need help implementing an enrichment program at your 

shelter, we have consultants who can help you!

 

ABOUT US

The Shelter Playgroup Alliance is 501(c)(3) entity that provides education to shelters.

 

Our guidelines are the result of a collaborative effort among shelter staff and behavior experts who  developed a framework that supports safe and “healthy play” and limits the use of aversives to manage playgroups.  Download a one-page overview of our approach and learning offerings to share with your shelter colleagues.  

Join us at a scheduled workshop, or invite us to come to your shelter to provide education on enrichment and healthy dog-dog interactions, including play.  Just contact us!

The Shelter Playgroup Alliance also hosts a yearly educational summit at which we explore topics related to the science upon which our guidelines are based, enrichment, and inter-dog interactions.  Join us!

CONTACT US

SPA Admin HQ

Oakland, CA

mara@shelterdogplay.org

Tel: 415-244-1578

 

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