12745894_10105022213580607_6793410783326202951_nMuzzle training is a critical element to many dogs’ quality of life. If dogs have muzzle training in their repertoire, their adoptability increases and their chances of being returned decrease. Learning how to effectively use force-free training techniques to muzzle train dogs will also  reduce stress among dogs in the shelter and reduce risk of bites among staff and other dogs.

The goal of the Shelter Partners Program is to give rescues and shelters guidance on how to provide this service to dogs in the shelter, foster dogs, and potential adopters. At the end of the program, staff will receive a booklet and certification from The Muzzle Up! Project so they can continue to train new staff and enhance the services they provide the community.

During the four-week interactive course, participants will learn:

  • the basics of executing muzzle training plans
  • how to troubleshoot muzzle training problems
  • how to address shelter-specific challenges for implementing muzzle training protocols
  • how to continue implementing muzzle training program as part of shelter services

Each week will allow the shelter to interact 1:1 with The Muzzle Up! Project’s founder, Maureen Backman, MS CTC PCT-A, with a total of 8 hours of video conferencing time. The program is designed to guide participants through progressively more challenging training cases, allotting time after each session for Q&A and troubleshooting.

To get started:

  • Email the program’s director, Maureen Backman, MS CTC PCT-A, at muzzleupproject.com to schedule an initial phone interview. We’ll chat about your shelter’s specific needs, answer your questions about the program, and discuss how to enroll.
  • Currently accepting inquiries. Official program start date is April 1, 2016.

Program materials

  • Program format and curriculum overview – PDF
  • Sign-up checklist and program prerequisites – PDF

The Muzzle Up! Project has established itself as comprehensive, evidence-based resource on muzzle training and husbandry for dog guardians, dog behavior professionals, and veterinarians. Maureen, its director, has produced two training DVDs for Tawzer Dog, and presented on The Muzzle Up! Project at the Pet Professional Guild’s inaugural educational summit in 2015. In 2017, she will be representing the project at Woof!2017, listed as one of the world’s top dog training conferences by The Modern Dog Trainer.