The humane society in the Stratford area offers a virtual learning approach

Dog owners in Perth County struggling to find timely training for their new four-legged friends should take the virtual route before surrendering their misbehaving pets, the region’s humane society says.

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Dog owners in Perth County struggling to find timely training for their new four-legged friends should take the virtual route before surrendering their misbehaving pets, the region’s humane society says.

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The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth recently announced a partnership with a US-based virtual dog training service, as a spike in adoptions during the pandemic continues to drive demand for local classes.

“A lot of trainers, especially in this area, have a waiting list right now,” said Brooke Bell, the humane society’s canine coordinator. “(Dog owners) are actually waiting potentially weeks to come in. We really want … these adopters to get a little more help sooner rather than later.”

The humane society’s partnership with GoodPup, a virtual training service created by Massachusetts-based company PetCareNow, can help.

According to its website, the app, which has more than 55,000 users, offers dog owners flexible one-on-one online meetings with certified positive reinforcement trainers and 24/7 chat support. Both of these elements were important when the humane society was looking for a virtual training service that it could recommend to local pet owners, Bell said.

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“Unfortunately we won’t be able to help at 3am, but GoodPup will be there,” he said. “Making sure it’s easier for adoptees to make that transition home … is a big part of why we think it’s going to be so beneficial for everyone.”

Dog training is among the services offered online during the pandemic, especially as many people decided to use the lockdown periods to adopt a new pet. The online method may not be for everyone, Bell said, but it has been effective for those willing to put in the time.

“One-on-one contact is certainly going to be the ideal situation for most people… but if people really want that help and are committed to doing that training and doing it with a professional, Coach, having virtual sessions is also very helpful.” he said.

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Another training option for new owners for the humane society couldn’t come at a better time. Many shelters are now reporting an increase in the number of animals being surrendered for adoption following the pandemic. In Stratford and Kitchener, Bell said behavioral problems are one of the most common reasons dogs go into care.

“We really want to help keep people and their dogs together rather than bringing these dogs into a shelter environment,” she said. “We know a lot of people struggle with (unwanted) behaviors and training is often not cheap, especially in-person one-on-one training.

“GoodPup is a more affordable option. It’s great for a new adopter to have a safety net once they’re home to get help with training issues or behaviors they may not be aware of.”

Like many online services, GoodPup offers a free trial just for signing up.

After that, the service costs about $40 a week, but as an added incentive, GoodPup has committed to donating $40 to the humane society for every user who signs up using a local shelter’s QR code and goes on a free trial.

More information is available on the humanitarian society’s website.

cmontanini@postmedia.com.

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