We're Using Clicker Training to Change Lives!
Purrfect Pals was one of six shelters who recently completed The Jackson Galaxy Project’s 2018 Autumn Cat Pawsitive Pro clicker training program! Our team of employees and volunteers worked with twenty cats during this intensive three month program, led by a training mentor. By utilizing this positive, reward-based Cat Pawsitive training, our staff and volunteers will now be able reduce the stresses that might keep a cat from connecting with an adopter. With clicker training that positively reinforces good behaviors, a shy cat can learn to feel comfortable coming up to the front of her cage to meet a potential pet parent, a feisty cat can learn to play nice, and an outgoing kitty can even learn to give an endearing “high five” to his visitors to seal an adoption deal.
We are thrilled with the results we are already seeing thanks to clicker training! Our cats are gaining confidence and getting much-needed mental and physical stimulation. We were especially excited to learn to use clicker training to help our long term sanctuary residents who have been overlooked for adoption because of behavioral challenges. Purrfect Pals was the first organization to implement the Cat Pawsitive Pro training in a prison foster program! In the “Monroe Corrections Kitty Connections” program, undersocialized cats and kittens live with inmates full-time and receive one-on-one attention. Adding clicker training to the rehabilitation work our Monroe foster dads were already providing has been extremely beneficial so far.