A smart start to dog training

What dog owner couldn’t benefit from free training sessions for their new pet? What dog wouldn’t appreciate the opportunity to have a good start in their new home?

Staff at Orphans of the Storm (OOTS), an animal shelter in Deerfield, believe their new “dog scholarship program” will make the transition home easier for pets and their new owners. It was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of an anonymous donor.

“The Scholarship Dog Program” is a program we are currently piloting to better support adopters and our longer stay dogs by offering sponsored training sessions with reputable trainers,” said Kristen Tump, shelter manager and events coordinator. for Orphans of the Storm “Some of the 21 dogs in the program, who have been in foster care for three months or more, also come with a $200 sponsored adoption fee, or just $50 to adopt them.”

Tump points out, “This program was created not only to provide more support for families welcoming a new dog into their home, but to highlight our dogs who are consistently neglected and have waited longer than most to find their home. for all time.”

OOTS Staff Answers Your Questions: Dog Scholarship Program

Tump answered several questions to help dog adopters learn more about the new pilot program.

What benefit does it bring to the individual and family who adopt a dog?

Training with a new dog has many benefits. It’s such an important part of any dog’s life. Not only does this build a lasting relationship between the dog and its new family, but it can also:


• Boost the dog’s confidence

• Provide mental and physical stimulation for the dog

• Teach dog life skills

• Help show your dog how to avoid conflict

• Help you better understand your dog

• Keep your dog safe

• And it can be fun

What can you tell me about the pets available for adoption through the program?

The dogs currently available for this program are those that have been at the shelter for 3 months or more. There is nothing “wrong” with these dogs. Some of them might need a little help navigating the world around them.

Either way, any dog ​​that has been at the shelter, especially for a long time, should have support when moving into a new home. You can ask any staff member or volunteer about these dogs, but be prepared for their face to light up with joy as they are so excited to tell you all the good things about them. Currently, there are 21 dogs in the program.

Who provides training for my new pet?

Sponsored training sessions are provided by two of our partners, GoodPup and Wise Dogs.

GoodPup: GoodPup training is one-on-one, at home, on your schedule, with trainers ready to help you 24/7. They offer private online training with certified trainers to teach basic cues and advanced behaviors on topics such as crate training, barking, begging and jumping. The end result: you will have a happier, wiser dog.

Wise Dogs: Owned and operated by Kirsten Watry, Wise Dogs specializes in behavior modification and functional obedience to help you live a better life with your dog. Kirsten can help you with things like responsiveness on walks, leash manners, off-leash training, confidence building, crate training, puppy training and much more! She trains dogs in and around Chicago.

Are there any eligibility requirements?

The only restrictions would be that if the dog goes through Kirsten at Wise Dogs, you have to be in or around Chicago. If the dog goes through GoodPup, you must register within 30 days of adoption.

A New Pet Adoption Experience: Meet Abby Conlon and Nala

“Every dog ​​needs dog training,” said Abby Conlon, a Buffalo Grove resident and first-time dog owner who recently adopted Nala from Orphans of the Storm.

“At first I thought Nala needed training because she was deaf, but now I realize that every dog ​​owner can benefit from free training sessions. in your home, to observe your dog’s behavior and advise you on behavioral issues,” Conlon explained.

Abby Conlon Shares: What Potential Dog Adopters Need to Know

Based on his personal experience, Conlon has many ideas for those interested in learning more about the Scholarship Dog program.

How did you hear about the Dog Scholarship Program?

When I adopted Nala from Orphans of the Storm, they told me that because Nala was deaf, I would receive 3 sponsored training sessions to learn deaf dog hand signals and gestures.

How did you choose your pet, Nala, and what role did the OOTS staff play in how you found Nala?

I looked at the Orphans of the Storm website before visiting https://orphansofthestorm.org/ in person and Nala’s beautiful smile immediately caught my attention. I loved that she was a bulldog and seemed very sweet and brave.

When I first arrived at the facility, I met Nala in person and Isabel, one of the staff, gave me lots of useful information about Nala’s behaviors and personality traits.

Tell us about Nala: breed or mix, sex, temperament, affection, other traits?

Nala is a female bulldog/pit bull mix, we think. She’s a darling. She is very brave, silly and stubborn at times. She likes to explore the outdoors and chew on her bones or her bed. She is quite sedentary most of the day, but once in a while she has a lot of energy and loves to run around the house zooming around.

What has been the biggest benefit of the Scholarship Dog program in welcoming your pet into your home?

The workouts helped me tremendously with Nala! Nala was extremely excited and overstimulated when she first arrived at my house, and she was all the time jumping on people or playfully pinching us for attention.

She still has moments of excitement, but she has improved tremendously over the past 2 months, thanks to the sponsored dog training sessions. I have never owned a dog before, so I was very anxious to take care of Nala and help her adjust to my home.

It was amazing to have a dog trainer in my home and give me Nala specific advice and watch her behavior improve over time.

What would you recommend to others considering the program?

My family and I are all extremely grateful to Kirsten from Wise Dogs, Nala’s dog trainer, for all her help and guidance over the past 2 months. It was amazing how much calmer and kinder Nala has become since coming to our house.

I wouldn’t feel so confident and excited about having friends and family over to see and play with Nala if it weren’t for Kirsten’s great workout tips!

How can I arrange the pet visit and will OOTS staff guide me?

Walk-ins are welcome! OOTS has a wonderful team of adoption counselors who can help you find someone who is the perfect match for you and your family. They will work with you every step of the way to make sure you feel supported. We are open Wednesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact: Kristen Tump, Shelter Manager and Events Coordinator

Phone: 847-945-0235. Email: [email protected] Visit: https://orphansofthestorm.org/