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Petfinder.com Foundation launched a new pilot program in 2011 to make dogs like Summer (shown in this video) more adoptable.
The Train-To-Adopt method in this program gently and positively teaches shelter dogs better manners and helps eliminate such stressed behaviors as excessive barking, incessant pacing or spinning, rebounding off kennel walls, and manic licking that might discourage adoption. Both the dogs undergoing the program, and the shelter staff working with the trainers to learn these methods, benefit.
The new program is supported by GreaterGood.org through Gifts That Give More [tm].