By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.
As both a supporter of positive reinforcement dog training
and someone who improves the lives of shelter dogs with the continued donation of Through a Dog’s Ear music to shelters
and rescues worldwide, I am always pleased to meet like minded people, both in person and via online communication. When it happens right here on Care2, it almost seems magical. I devoted my January blogs to National Train your Dog Month
. Is Dog Training an Animal Welfare Issue?
inspired Chris Dignan, founder of the Dog Saving Network,
to contact me about his non-profit organization. As a marine mammal trainer by day and a dog trainer at most other waking hours, his desire to help promote awareness for homeless animals and to highlight the importance of positive reinforcement training was the impetus behind live shows in Chicago, with shelter dogs center stage. What an ingenious, creative way to save lives of homeless animals! Chris believes that daily training through positive reinforcement methods helps dogs get adopted and eases the transition into their new homes.
To help communicate the Dog Saving Network message of being a responsible pet owner, science-based, reward centered training is at the heart of everything Chris does. Since this is just as rewarding for the humans as the dogs, and anyone can do it, Chris works with novice dog handlers, not professional trainers. Chris held auditions recently for the next set of canine candidates (and their people) for the Chicago’s live shows, entitled Life’s Ruff. Click here to see the NBC special on last year’s play about dogs, people and games they play.
When speaking with Chris, he mentioned that there is nothing he can’t teach a novice handler to train a dog to do using reward based training, as long as it is in the dog’s physical abilities. Apparently, he can even teach dogs to play poker, as you’ll see from the video.