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Open Paw - Four Level Training Program

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This small but perfectly formed 64-page booklet gives you all the essential information you need to introduce the Open Paw scheme into your rescue centre.

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Open Paw - Four Level Training Program for People and Dogs

by Kelly Gorman-Dunbar and Colleen Boyle

This is an overview of Open Paw's four levels of training designed to address the socialization, environmental enrichment, and behavior of sheltered dogs. Both shelter staff and volunteers learn how to make dogs more comfortable, calmer, and more friendly in their kennels, and well-behaved outside their kennels on walks or in the training room.

This is a crucial step toward making the dogs more adoptable, and giving them the skills they need to stay happily in their adopted homes.

The book includes the reasoning behind each level of training, a description of how to perform each level, and answers to commonly asked questions as well as a quick review of each training level at the end of each chapter.


Kelly Gorman Dunbar


Kelly DunbarKelly Gorman Dunbar is a co-founder and the executive editor of dogstardaily.com a free online dog training resource.

She is the Founder and President of Open Paw, a non-profit organization devoted to addressing the unwanted animal problem both by streamlining the shelter animal residents/staff/volunteer process for optimum efficiency/enrichment and also by arming communities worldwide with valuable user-and-animal friendly training and behavior information with the goal of keeping cats and dogs out of shelters by keeping them in their original homes.

Kelly lectures internationally on the principles of Open Paw and consults for animal shelters regarding layout, and staff-and-animal training protocols and procedures. She is the C.O.O. of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior, a multi-faceted business that focuses on teaching people how to train their dogs to be the best canine citizens possible via fun and efficient training techniques involving games and environmental enrichment as rewards for desired behavior.

Kelly also recruits and trains the instructors for SIRIUS Puppy & Dog Training, the largest dog training organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the creator of the SIRIUS Sniffers scent-detection curriculum, the SIRIUS Puppy Kindergarten Program, and the SIRIUS Essential Life Skills Series.

Kelly was one of the very first Certified Nose Work Instructors in the United States and has served as a judge for several scent work titling organizations.

Her goal is to expand awareness about dog behavior and teach people how to live with dogs in harmony while also honoring a dog's inherent dogginess. Kelly lives in California with her “fluffinois” boys, Lazaretto and Mars.

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