Social media such as FaceBook can be a great tool for shelters, rescues organizations, and trainers in an ongoing effort to promote community responsibility in helping to save lives of dogs that find themselves in a shelter. Pet parents who adopt from shelters and rescue organizations often post pictures of successful adoptions. Training organizations also use the social media outlet to encourage pet parents who adopt from shelters and rescue organizations to use a trainer in helping the dog to adapt to living in a home.
Trisha Antonelli, owner of Dawg Phonics K9 Training in the Bradenton/Sarasota area, has been nominated by a friend for the 5 Days of Dogs in a Facebook challenge. The challenge is for her to post a picture of her dog or dogs for 5 days and to nominate a new person for the challenge every day. The challenge is a positive way to promote valuable training for community dogs and to encourage pet parents who adopt from the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto to use a trainer after adoption to ensure that the dog adapts properly to a new home environment. Lack of training is often a reason that a dog is returned to the shelter. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter is now including information about Trisha’s training in each adoption packet that a pet parent receives when adopting from the shelter. Many pet parents have had successful interactions with Dawg Phonics K9 Training and now encourage all who adopt from the shelter to use this valuable organization for their new pet.
Trisha also serves as a volunteer for MCAS in Palmetto and aids the new shelter chief, Sarah Brown, in doing evaluations for shelter dogs. Proper evaluations are necessary to ensure that each dog is adoptable. Trisha has been honored for her volunteerism and community involvement with dogs and their owners.
You are invited to visit her Facebook page at Dawg Phonics K9 Training to see great pictures of the dogs during the 5 Days of Dogs Facebook challenge. She also has a company website, www.dawgphonics.com. Videos of training are also available on www.youtube/Trisha Antonelli.