Pet Care & Training
Here at Lollypop Farm, we are committed to establishing strong bonds between pets and their owners. Many times this means training, for both pets and their owners, to overcome challenges that can lead to owner’s relinquishing their pets or prevent an animal in the shelter from being adopted. Lollypop Farm’s behavior and training staff, not only work with the animals in our shelter, they also provide training classes so that pets and owners can learn to work and play together!
Some of the animals admitted to the shelter are hard to place in adoptive homes due to problem behavior, and the shelter environment only adds to their stress and confusion. Desperate for attention, shelter dogs may bounce, bark, and throw themselves at the door of their kennel whenever people walk by. Prospective owners often bypass these dogs as too excitable or too difficult to handle.
“A dog has less than three seconds to make an impact on someone,” states Gillian Hargrave, Lollypop Farm’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Some are really nice dogs, but they are so stressed they can’t present themselves well to prospective adopters.” The Behavior & Enrichment Program was developed to address these issues and helps keep pets healthier and engaged while waiting for their new homes!
- Cats in the shelter are engaged in regular enrichment in the form of toys, catnip, clicker training, and even goodies like tuna!
- Our robust enrichment regimen for dogs in the shelter includes daily walks, play group sessions, frozen Kong toys stuffed with treats, a different scent sprayed in the kennels every day of the week (coconut Thursday is the best!), and basic training.
- For dogs with resource guarding, impulse control, or handling sensitivities, our training staff performs behavior modification training to encourage safe and successful transitions to new homes.
- Dogs who have a socialization deficit and are scared of everyday objects or occurrences receive training to make them more confident and more comfortable in their new homes.
- Fearful cats are given the time, space, and training that they need to help them come out of their shell in the shelter and thrive in their new homes.