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Introduction
The BRLA Mentor Program was developed in March of 2012 in an effort to match selected Boxers at the kennel with trained Mentors who work with the dogs using consistent and positive training methods.  To date, 22 Boxers have successfully navigated through the BRLA Mentor Program into adopted homes. 

CURRENT BRLA MENTOR DOGS OF FOCUS

We generally focus on 8 dogs at a time in order to ensure that each dog gets to work with multiple Mentors consistently during the course of their stay at the kennel. Click on the photo of any current Mentor Dog of Focus to go to their profile page. 


Training
BRLA volunteers are eligible to become Mentors by attending training sessions led by Mary Hirt, CPDT-KA.  Mary is certified by the Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Animal Behavior College.  She has worked closely with BRLA for a number of years and offers a wide variety of resources to BRLA. 

Teachers Pet Dog Training

Training sessions typically occur on a quarterly basis and involve dog handling demonstrations, training tips and essential skill building.  Mentors gain hands-on experience working directly with Boxers during the training sessions and then are able to apply their new handling skills directly with the dogs in the Mentor program.


Training for the dogs includes the use of a Freedom Harness

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE FREEDOM HARNESS

  The Freedom Harness is a unique piece of equipment designed to allow the handler to lead the dog through a series of training exercises without applying pressure or tension to the neck of the dog.  As a result, the dog can move freely and easily in the Freedom Harness and concentrate on learning new skills.  Typically, the dogs are taught commands such as sit, down, stay, and heel.  The Mentors use positive reinforcement such as treats and physical and verbal praise to reward the dogs for following directions.  This positive reinforcement leads the dogs to repeat the desired behavior, no matter which Mentor is handling them.


Often, dogs selected for the Mentor program need to work on higher level skills such as maintaining eye contact and focus on their handler so they have a better chance of socialization with other dogs.  Mentors learn a research-based practice called BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training), developed by a successful dog trainer named Grisha Stewart.  This technique teaches the Mentors to read the dog’s body language and recognize when the dog is in an uncomfortable situation so that they can provide an exit strategy for the dog to choose in order to move away from the dog or person who is making them feel anxious.  BAT teaches the dog how to leave a stressful situation by creating distance between the object that serves as a trigger for their stress. 

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON B.A.T TRAINING

BRLA MENTOR PROGAM GRADUATES

GEORGE 4/1/12
PETEY 4/21/12
TROY 6/19/12
RUSTY 6/89/12
OSCAR 6/17/12
HOWIE 6/23/12
GINGER 6/24/12
MAKO 6/24/12
MILTON 6/30/12
JACKO 8/11/12
LUCKY 9/1/12
SUNNIE 9/19/12
LUCA 9/16/12
MOE 10/14/12
LILY 12/15/12
TEBOW 1/1/13
SWIFT 1/26/13
CHAMP 2/2/13
HANNAH 3/1/13
SIMON 3/9/13
HERBIE 7/13/13
HUNK 10/26/13
 
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