We concluded the Charter session of the new MaxFund Champs program on July 7 th,
and with great success! Please help me thank Lorraine May, owner of A Dog’s Choice
Holistic Training and all the Champs trainers, Shari Saperstein, Eva Keleti and me for
giving so much of their time to help make the Charter Session of Champs such a
victory! Of our four Champs, two have found new loving homes! Josie and Pepper –
During the eight week positive reinforcement training the MaxFund Champs: Josie,
Pepper, Cha Cha and Chef learned basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stay,
stand, leave it as well as learning how to walk better on a leash. The Champs trainers,
in partnership with Lorraine May, also focused on specializing training based on the
Champs individual needs.
The specialized training worked on helping the Champ overcome an undesirable
behavior or fear. Josie needed special attention on her anxiety about leaving and
returning to her kennel. Together, Lorraine and Eva worked on how to help ease
Josie’s stress and make the events positive and even fun for her! She has even
learned how to roll over, and her new parents are thrilled she was part of the Charter
Champs program! They have even attended the last few sessions and have prepared
themselves for life beyond MaxFund.
Cha Cha, a wonderful dog, unfortunately has not had the best experiences in her life
and has learned a few undesirable behaviors. However, with the help of Lorraine,
Shari has made great strides in helping Cha Cha adapt better to life when she is outside
of her kennel. She is a beautiful dog with a loving personality that just needs time, love
and the commitment of a loyal guardian. Cha Cha is getting the royal treatment during
the second Champs session in that Shari and two new Champs trainers, Sue and Mary,
will also be working with her each week. They have created a team to champion Cha
Cha, who is going to make a loving addition to a lucky person’s family someday soon!
Pepper, who was adopted mid way through the eight-week program, was very afraid of
strangers and backed away in fear of anyone she did not know. For her, much of the
class time was spent letting her get comfortable with the surroundings and the other
trainers. With positive reinforcement we all worked with Pepper and allowed her to
warm up to the “strangers” in class at her own pace, and with the help of positive
reinforcement, by the fourth week she was going up to all the Champs trainers saying
hello in her cute way.
Chef, who joined the program when Pepper was adopted, is extremely smart! With
treats, he will learn to do just about anything in record time! The lucky person who gets
to take him home one day will end up with a loyal loving companion who will work for
treats! Chef is uneasy with being continually touched and brushed. For this, we have
been specifically working at making both of these activities fun and pleasurable for him.
Over time he will become found of touch and probably seek it out!
All of the training each Champ goes through is customized to work at their pace, there is
not a competition in the class. The trainers let the Champ determine when they are
ready to take the next step, so that their confidence and comfort level gradually
increases, which leads to success in the end!
The second Champs session began on Thursday, July 21 st. The first Thursday night of
the eight-week program is an orientation that is open to all volunteers interested in
finding out more on the Champs Program philosophy and requirements. Upon
completion of the orientation, the volunteer trainers will begin working hands on with
their Champ the following Thursday, July 28th, and run through Thursday, September
15th. All hands on sessions will be held at MaxFund from 7 – 8 pm. At press date, we
do not yet have the names of all the new Champs, but will have them posted on the
Champs board at MaxFund.
We look forward to more successes with MaxFund Champs!