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Training & Behavior 

Our training team goes above and beyond to ensure all of our animals are understood by developing detailed one-on-one training plans and, through enrichment and playgroups! 

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​We are excited to welcome back Aimee Sadler, a renowned dog trainer who founded Dogs Playing For Life (DPFL) right here at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) over 10 years ago! Since that time, Aimee has toured the country and sharing her training tips with the world. Now, she is bringing DPFL back home. The shared mission behind DPFL and SASF is to enrich the physical and mental health of animals. DPFL finds new, innovative ways to better dogs’ physical and mental health through play!

DPFL incorporates playgroups so that shelters can effectively and efficiently provide proper, personalized training to all dogs rather than walking them on a leash for a short period of time.  Playgroups provide quality time spent outside, encourages dogs to socialize, and allows for “freedom to express normal behavior”. DPFL demonstrates safe handling techniques and the fundamentals of successful playgroups for all involved! Playgroups provide an outlet for dogs to exercise and burn off some excess energy so that when they return to their kennels, they are tired and satisfied. The outcome from shelters implementing daily playgroups is beneficial to a dog’s well-being. Logically, happier and satisfied animals are generally less stressed.  This lowers the possibility of disease and the extreme behavior that puts people and animals at risk. This not only enriches the dog’s life, but it also makes them more adoptable.

Continuing comprehensive playgroups has given every dog at our shelter the opportunity to get outside and meet their kennel neighbors. We instill multiple playgroups per day at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. We are committed to the practice and incorporation of playgroups, and educating the community of the importance of playgroups and socialization.