2012SummerInstituteGroupPhotoThe Center for Shelter Dogs, a program of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, is holding its 5th annual Summer Institute this week, June 10-13, 2013 at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

The Summer Institute is a unique, four-day training opportunity for animal care professionals whose job involves dog intake, behavior evaluation, training, and adoption.

Throughout the first two days, attendees will learn about Match-Up II Online, the groundbreaking online version of the Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program. The program is a multi-part system that incorporates information from a dog’s behavioral history, behavior evaluation, and behavior in a shelter, in order to get a comprehensive view of a dog’s individual needs. Through presentations and hands-on learning led by Dr. Amy Marder, attendees will learn how their shelters are able to gather more information about a dog’s personality and use the program to make more successful dog-adopter matches.

Dr. Sheila D’Arpino will focus on implementing enrichment and training techniques to improve the lives of shelter dogs during the remaining two days of the Summer Institute. The Center for Shelter Dogs’ behavior team will demonstrate treatment of common shelter dog behavior issues such as jumpy mouthy and food aggressive behaviors. Attendees will also observe a shelter dog playgroup, learn about special adoptions, and participate in fun demonstrations, such as clicker-training.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is proud to support animal sheltering organizations care for and re-home shelter dogs through the programs and services provided by the Center for Shelter Dogs. Established through the generous support of the Stanton Foundation, the Center for Shelter Dogs provides the animal sheltering community with best practices, training, and the resources needed to improve the welfare of shelter dogs and to help them find the most suitable homes. Because every dog is different.