Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is introducing a new program to benefit shelter dogs. The program will create "play groups" for canines big and small, in the hopes of getting insight into each pet’s individual personality.
The program called Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL) is offered by Aimee Sadler, a nationally known trainer and the featured speaker at the 2009 Humane Society of the United States national conference.
Before the implementation of this new program, Animal Care & Control conducted dog assessments that had previously raised questions about a dog’s true behavior. Now, the organization will focus its efforts on providing their dogs with regular exercise, mental stimulation and socialization.
This will alleviate some of the stress that dogs build up when placed in kennels, illustrating the program’s new model: Dogs Live to Play. Now Let Them Play to Live.