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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 ethical guidelines adopted by certifying bodies, like the IAABC and CCPDT.

 

Through the application of the 

science of choice and positive reinforcement, we promote healthy dog-dog interactions.

EDUCATION

Managing healthy dog interactions requires knowledge and skill.  Our guidelines are accompanied by
educational materials, including hybrid learning programs that utilize research-based methods for effective instruction.  

 

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

We consider dog-dog interaction, including playgroups, to be one of many prongs in 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 that meets the needs of each individual in a shelter's care.

 

If you need help implementing an enrichment program, our educational offerings can help you!

 

ABOUT US

The Shelter Playgroup Alliance is 501(c)(3) entity that provides education to shelters on building and implementing comprehensive enrichment programs.

 

Our playgroup 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.

Learn more about our impact in 2020 by reading our End of Year Report.

CONTACT US

SPA Admin HQ

Oakland, CA

mara@shelterdogplay.org

Tel: 415-244-1578

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