While the mission of GHF isn't to train dogs as perfect exemplars of obedience, some of the staff members do work with them in order to help burn off mental energy, make them think, and make them ready for their new forever homes!
The 'work'/training we do with the dogs varies on what their needs are.
Many of the dogs have worries about strangers and men so, when we can, since we have a staff of all women, we take advantage of male volunteers!
One of our volunteers, Jeff, is seen below helping with some of the training and socialization of two different dogs, Pip and Quincey. We have been working with Quincey on 'back up' since he at times feels protective over toys and high value items; Pip, on the other hand, is an ex-Sprakers dog and has fears with meeting new people. She is pictured in the pictures below working with one of our staff members and Jeff to have a calm and positive greeting in the parking lot.
Quincey is pictured in his room working on basic obedience like down, sit, and back up, so he can engage meaningfully with a human being as well as learn when to hand over the toy to a human companion.
It's all in a day's work here at GHF!