Behavior and Learning Center
Washington Humane Society Behavior & Learning Center
The Washington Humane Society’s Behavior & Learning Center is dedicated to providing people and their pets with the tools they need to succeed in lasting, successful relationships.
WHS behavior counselors and experienced trainers practice humane, motivational methods with animals at both the New York Avenue and Georgia Avenue Adoption Centers. WHS behavior and training counselors review each dog’s behavior. They train the volunteers and staff to provide individualized physical exercises and mental stimulation to each dog by offering regular training workshops to those volunteers. The behavior team also holds playgroups every day for dogs to burn off energy and interact with other dogs.
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Ask The Trainer!
Behavior and training counselors answer questions from adopters and the general public via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHS also provides a list of local force-free dog trainers that can help pet owners with any other significant behavior or training issue - email email@example.com or review your adoption packet.
After finishing basic training, volunteers can sign up for behavior, training, and socialization shifts, where they can learn to enrich the lives of the animals during their stay.
- Attend volunteer orientation, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Onsite training and Shelter Star hours completed.
- Schedule behavior shift training with email@example.com.
- Complete Behavior Shift Training Checklist with Mentor Trainer.
- Must follow behavior shift protocol.
- Must maintain a regularly scheduled shift (you may find coverage for your shift on days you cannot make it).
- Invitation to the online Yahoo discussion group for WHS Behavior Buffs. The discussion group covers behavior, training, and socialization questions, a reader’s book club, announcements for special projects, and training opportunities.
- Invitation to special training opportunities for behavior volunteers and WHS staff.
Behavior & Training Blogs! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE.
Keeping a Dog Journal
To Chew or Not to Chew
Four Tips for Stress-Free Car Rides
Tips for Happy Traveling
Tips for Proper Crate Training
Trainer Tuesday - What to Expect When You’re Expecting an Animal
Tips for Bringing Home Your New Dog
Click and Treat - The Key to Successful Dog Training
Aggression – A Behavior NOT a Temperament
The Trash Talker – How to Spot Playful Dog Signals
How to Train Your Dog Faster and More Effectively – Reward Markers & NO Reward Markers