dog foster orientation

Dog Foster Workshop to Help Volunteers Sign Up, Keep On

New volunteers and experienced dog foster caregivers will both benefit from attending Dog Foster Workshop Saturday, October 25  at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, from 12noon to 1pm. Followed by hands on practice in group walk with BCFS Foster Dogs.

Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary will be hosting the Dog Foster Workshop for active dog foster families and new volunteers!  Organized by Furever Network and lead by Mighty Mutts master dog trainer and rescuer Dahlia Ayoub, it makes up part of the ongoing animal care orientation program here at Beaver Creek.  Whether you already foster dogs, or are thinking about opening your home temporarily to a dog in need,  we believe that clear guidelines and expectations add to our volunteers’ empowerment.

Many fosters have insecurities, which is completely natural given the challenges of working with dogs whose background is often a mystery. Can you handle a range of behaviour issues? Are you making the best match for your foster dog?

Furever Dog Foster Workshop

The Furever Dog Foster Workshop for BCFS will run approximately 1 hour, and be followed with a group walk with the current roster of dogs in foster care. This will include the dogs from Lebanon, who will have just arrived from Beirut – an excellent opportunity to practice new skills shared by Dahlia.

The following list indicates some of the important topics that will be covered in this workshop:

  • foster care expectations
  • setting your home up for foster success
  • recognizing and managing rescued dog behaviour
  • managing meet and greets, with dogs, kids and strangers
  • assessing potential adopters, human and animal
  • calming signals and displacement behaviours
  • behavioural issues
  • managing safe transports

There are two types of volunteers that will take exceptional learning from this session:

1) families and individuals who are interested in volunteer work as a dog foster caregiver and want to learn more about it, or who have just signed on with a dog rescue group and are new to fostering; and

2) experienced dog foster caregivers, to help sharpen your dog handling skills, avoid foster burn-out, and create the best possible tools to help the rescue group get the dog adopted as quickly as possible.

One of the most important tools a foster family can have is contact with other dog foster volunteers. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have an opportunity to network with other dog foster volunteers and ask questions of dog trainer Dahlia Ayoub.

Workshop Leader Dahlia Ayoub of Mighty Mutts

mighty mutts dahlia ayoub workshop leader

Our Workshop leader is Furever Member Dahlia AyoubMighty Mutts Dog Trainer. Dahlia acts as a liaison to many dog rescue groups including The Dog RescuersRescue Dog Match and more. She has rescued hundreds of dogs and continues to work on the front lines of dog rescue in foster, transport, rehabilitation, training and more.

Judith Keenan, Founder of Furever Network is a professional film, television and digital media producer and dog foster volunteer, most recently with Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary.

Workshop Date Coming Up

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
followed by Group Dog Walk

Workshop Location

STEVENSVILLE: Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary
2930 Bowen Road, Stevensville ON L0S 1S0
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