Join ARF’s Homeless Dog Training Program

Animal Resource Foundation, Inc. is looking for volunteers 16 years and older interested in helping with our Homeless Dog Training Program.

The #1 reason millions of dogs are in shelters is because of behavior problems. Often these dogs just lack the basic skills they need to live with people.

ARF’s volunteers and staff already provide socialization, mental stimulation and enrichment for the dogs and cats at the center. This program “takes it up a notch”. It helps to teach our dogs the basic social skills they need to go to a new home and, most importantly to stay in that new home. Using positive reinforcement with a marker signal “clicker training” techniques will not only teach these basic skills in a fast and pet friendly manner but it can quickly improve the way animals respond to people and help our shy dogs blossom. It’s fun and easy to learn for animals and people both!

Not only will the dogs benefit from this training program but we hope our volunteers will benefit too. This will be an educational opportunity for you. You will learn about “clicker training” a positive reinforcement method perfect for your dogs at home. You can help reduce your stress level, research shows that being around and petting an animal reduces stress. You can keep fit by walking a dog. And most importantly have the joy and satisfaction of making a difference in a shelter dog’s life.

If you are interested in being a part of our training program please come to the Orientation meeting on Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 pm at the OLD ARF Adoption Center located at 61 Piney Narrows Rd., Chester, Maryland (the Kent Narrows Center) . For more information please call (410) 643-8700 or email