FBNE TRAIN-A-BULL SHELTER PROJECT
One of the worst things that can happen to a dog is losing its family. Every year, thousands of dogs are abandoned by their owners and find themselves sad and confused in a kennel, wondering what they ever did to deserve such cruelty. It is also key to know that the history / histories of a huge majority of shelter and rescue dogs is actually unknown .Unfortunately, pit bulls are one of the more common breeds that find themselves in shelters. Due to the breed’s reputation, they have a harder time being adopted and are usually one of the top breeds to be euthanized. For pit bulls, surrender at a shelter is usually a death sentence.
We began our TRAIN-A-BULL shelter project two years ago in 2016. This program is based on the findings that shelters, and rescues use (most of the time) which is a simple evaluation done to the dog at the shelter. Based on these findings the dog is either deemed a dangerous dog and put to sleep, or adoptable with conditions, i.e. good with kids, not with cats, food aggressive, etc. We found that historically, the dog you see in the shelter is not the dog that is being presented. Any dog that is presented at a shelter for adoption, in a cage, that was just found, surrendered, unclaimed or however the animal got there is , afraid, on guard, unfamiliar, confused, sad, and extremely stressed and is jumping up and down, barking aggressively, or shaking in the corner. Most of these dogs are extremely frightened at this point in the shelter. This is not the time or the place to do a proper evaluation that could determine life or death. Decompression along with alone/love one on one time is essential to any dogs successful adoption. Presentation is everything at a shelter for a potential adopt.
The TRAIN-A-BULL shelter project is a proven method where we pull the dog from the shelter “off-site” and allow the dog to properly decompress with a professional trainer. This is where a “reactive” dog can safely decompress, and be properly assessed without distractions. Peeling back the layers and breaking down of the dog and its negative as well as positive triggers. Then start reconditioning the animal until they are looking to you, and or an alpha for their next move or command. Making their chances of a successful adoption increase 3 fold. At this point if the dog is not a threat and professionally deemed adoptable we will, network that dog for an adopter who will then get to know the dog and work with that professional trainer to ensure it is a proper fit. The Full Bulls New England works with trusted, proven, professional trainers and relies on your tax deductible donations to help the shelter dog in need that we have chosen for this program.