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Second Chance Opens Training Center

Second Chance Opens Training Center

I am very excited to announce the launching of the Second Chance Training Resource Center – open to all community members in our tri-county service area! Based on the overwhelming response and success of our “pilot” dog behavior training class this month, beginning in August trainer Casey McKay will provide individual and group obedience training and behavior modification to the community every Wednesday (expanding into Saturdays based upon demand).

As most Pet Column readers know, Second Chance is more than just an animal shelter for homeless pets as we believe strongly in programming to prevent pets from being homeless in the first place. This new Community Service Program, based on positive reinforcement techniques, will help further the SCHS mission by strengthening the human-animal bond as well as decreasing the number of community pets ending up in shelters due to behavioral issues.

The training will focus on those skills that help animals stay safe including basic obedience like waiting at doors until released and commands like leave it and drop it. Instilling good manners is vital to a healthy human-animal bond and statistics have shown that owners with behaviorally sound pets are more satisfied and possess a stronger bond with those animals.

Classes will also emphasize socialization, because learning good doggie manners is just as essential for a well-rounded and healthy pet. While your four legged friend is socializing it’s great to be able to consult with other dog owners and trainers to trouble shoot and share helpful tips about pet ownership.

My name is Max and I have benefitted from the great training available to all shelter dogs here at Second Chance (and now you will get a free session if you adopt a dog like me). Additionally, beyond basic obedience the Second Chance Training Resource Center has plans for future programs such as puppy socialization, advanced obedience, beginning agility, Good Citizenship test preparation, and Therapy Dog Certification preparation!

My good friend Rock Hudson, a beautiful tuxedo cat, is just as excited about the new Resource Center and would like to remind everyone that cats can learn and be motivated in many of the same ways as dogs and the staff plans to offer opportunities for cat parents as well.

If you are ready to get started before August, there are still a few spots open for the next basic obedience class scheduled to start July 22. This 6 PM class is informative, fun, effective and all for a small donation of $50-75! Call us to learn more or to register!

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.

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Second Chance Humane Society


(970) 626-2273 | phone
(970) 626-3233 | Ridgway thrift
(970) 728-1100 | Telluride thrift


PO Box 2096 [mailing]
177 County Road 10
Ridgway, CO 81432

Shelter Hours

Animal Resource Center 11 am - 6 pm
Cat Castle 11 am - 6 pm
Dog Den 11 am - 5:45 pm