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Programs Overview

The Humane Dog Training Advocates programs are designed to support owners with education and resources in order to keep their dogs in their home and prevent relinquishment to shelters.


Owner Education
The Humane Dog Training Advocates owner education program is designed to provide dog guardians with information so that they are better equipped to make informed choices when choosing a training method, a dog trainer, or other professional.  One of the goals of this program is to prevent owner relinquishment of dogs to shelters or rescues and attempt to keep dogs in their current homes. This program is implemented through distribution of owner-focused materials via the Humane Dog Training Advocates website and in-person at community events, along with training advice from experienced and certified professional dog trainers.  Materials are also given to veterinary offices and local pet stores.

Equipment Trade-In Program

The Humane Dog Training Advocates Equipment Trade-In Program provides a collar, harness, and information on teaching a dog to “walk by your side” to owners who make the choice to remove, and trade-in, an e-collar (also known as a shock collar) or prong collar.

Owner Assistance at Drop-In Vaccine Clinics
In partnership with PALS East Bay, the Humane Dog Training Advocates team provides direct service to owners who attend the free drop-in vaccine clinic.  At the clinic, the HDTA team provides owner education, assistance handling animals for vaccines, and management assistance of the dogs at the clinic in order to maintain safety.

Training Assistance for Economically Disadvantaged Families
The purpose of this program is to provide economically disadvantaged families with training support from a certified professional dog trainer through a training grant which directly pays the dog trainer for 10 dog training sessions.  The dog(s) must have a behavior issue that may put the dog at risk of relinquishment.  Grant awardees agree to specific grant terms and certify that the family is unable to afford private training.  10 grants will be awarded each year.