Dog Training

Paws to Train Volunteer Training Program

This program brings dog training to the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. The Paws to Train Volunteer Training is offered to all dog volunteers. Volunteers learn to use positive reinforcement training to teach dogs such skills as sit, down, stay, and come.

Volunteers also learn how to work with dogs on kennel behavior to help dogs make a better first impression. Training helps to make dogs more adoptable and ease the transition into a new home. Mental stimulation also helps to keep dogs mentally healthy and lowers the stress of living in this type of environment. This program is funded by FACF.

Paws to Train Outreach Program

This program brings a dog waiting to be adopted from the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center to Spot & Co Dog Training for a 6 week Beginner Obedience class. Not only do the dogs enjoy a field trip away from the Animal Center with a volunteer, they also gain the opportunity to learn and work on such skills as sit, come, stay, and down in a class setting.

During the fifth week of classes, dogs get a chance to try out the agility equipment. Dogs in training are featured on the Animal Center's website. This program is funded by FACF and Spot & Co Dog Training.

Paws to Train Voucher Program

This program provides vouchers for discounted classes at Spot & Co Dog Training for dogs who could benefit from continued training after adoption. The program gives new owners a chance to bond with their new dogs, teaches them training skills, and provides another resource for questions. This program is funded by FACF and Spot & Co Dog Training.