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Episode 24 - Dogs Playing for Life (Animal Shelter Playgroup Training Program)

People Are Animals Too, Darnit!

Release Date: 06/13/2020

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Episode 24 - Dogs Playing for Life (Animal Shelter Playgroup Training Program) show art Episode 24 - Dogs Playing for Life (Animal Shelter Playgroup Training Program)

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Dogs Playing for Life is an innovative training program that was founded by professional trainer Aimee Sadler. The Program demonstrates both the practical efficiencies of play groups for the rescue organization, as well as the emotional and behavioral benefits for the animals.  Play groups have proven to be a critical enrichment and assessment tool for shelters.

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Dogs Playing for Life is an innovative training program that was founded by professional trainer Aimee Sadler. The Program demonstrates both the practical efficiencies of play groups for the rescue organization, as well as the emotional and behavioral benefits for the animals.  Play groups have proven to be a critical enrichment and assessment tool for shelters.

DPFL founder Aimee Sadler and DPFL Chief Innovation Officer Emily Grossheider join Mandy to talk about the program and the impact it has made on the lives of dogs.