Lesson in Animal Obedience Improves Adoption Rates

Students work with shelter animals to modify behavior, increase chances of adoption

Globe University Vet Tech students worked with Shelter From the Storm, a Madison, Wis.-area animal rescue, to help modify animals’ behaviors in the hopes they will be adopted more easily.

Students assessed the animals’ temperaments and looked for behavioral issues that might make them less adoptable. Students used behavior modification techniques to teach the animals basic obedience and to eliminate any undesirable behaviors.

“Through this service-learning project, we not only helped pets get adopted but also helped train the owners and the animals to make them better pets,” said Tova Magness, students. “It meant a lot to me to help these animals and further our learning at the same time.”

An informational pamphlet of obedience best practices that students created will help the shelter educate those interested in adopting animals. The pamphlet will also help shelter volunteers work better with new animals they receive to modify their actions while they are at the shelter.

Animals with behavioral problems often are viewed as less adoptable as they may need more time and attention to improve their actions. By taking the time to modify shelter animals’ bad habits, Globe students helped the animals increase their chances of being adopted.