Dog School Gives Back!
Cell Dogs Program
As featured on Texas Country Reporter, PAWS’ Cell Dog Program changes lives — for man and for dog. For this transforming program, PAWS shelter dogs are carefully selected by Rachel Daughn. The perfect dog for this program isnt the cute cuddly puppy we are looking for the hard luck dogs, the dogs that tend to be harder to adopt with the hopes that giving them the opportunity for connection, relationship building and positive training we can help them find their forever homes. These chosen dogs are to be trained and cared for by approved inmates at Kyle Correctional Center. The chosen handlers first go through two weeks of classroom training before they begin eight weeks of around-the-clock care of their assigned dog, with semi-weekly training sessions by Certified Training & Behaivior Specilist, Rachel Daughn, co-owner of Dog School. Our goal is to also give back to the inmates, through the positive training process we are also teaching responsibility, compassion and skills that can help them in all areas of life. We have been achieving our goals with nearly a 90% adoption rate for graduates of the Cell Dog Program.
See video below, Rachel Daughn Co-Owner of Dog School gives back at local prison
Dog School's adopt a dog training program
Every semester Jayme and Rachel volunteer their time at local Austin shelters to help teach new training skills and work on any behavior problems for the dogs in hopes of helping them find new homes soon! Check back often for pictures of pups we've worked with that are looking for new homes!
In February 2013 Osa a 5yr old mix was found wandering in traffic as a stray in west Austin. A passerby in traffic followed her back to were she was living in a parking lot. They went by twice a day for two weeks to feed her and see if she would start to trust them enough to interact. She was very scared and unwilling to come up to people. Eventually hamburger patties won her heart and Austin Animal Center picked her up, got her spayed, vaccinated, and when we discovered that she was heartworm positive she began her treatment…
Since March she has been living and training in The Dog School House. She came to us a very nervous, scared girl determined to escape. We fondly started calling her Wild Osa. In the last months she has really blossomed, she now understands that people equals food and thats a big deal to her! She is crate trained, housebroken, walks on a leash, has started learning to get in the car and is slowly beginning on her Basic obedience skills. She gets along great with other dogs big & small and will even play for a bit with the younger ones. She is still very unsure of people but if you have her favorite treat (hamburger) she will consider you a welcome addition to the pack and you might even get a tail wag. She will always have the urge for escape so it will be nessaray to keep her on leash even in a fenced in yard she is 'Wild' after all.
We are hoping to find Osa a longterm foster until she can find her forever home. She is very low activity and would do well in a low key home or apartment with someone that has a lot of patience to continue to help her build trust in people. She would be a great companion for other dogs however she wouldn't do well with cats. If you would like more information please contact Dog School!