The Bark Program is a six-week long, intensive after-school program run by the East Bay SPCA in collaboration with Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland. Its aim is to give youth and canines a voice. The program teaches persistence, empathy and respect for all living beings through a combination of dog training and humane education. During the program, 12 middle school students learn about community issues, public speaking, conflict resolution, the web of life, animal welfare, and positive reinforcement.
With the guidance of the program staff, students pair up to train East Bay SPCA shelter dogs. The students work together to train their dogs basic commands such as sit, watch, down, touch, and even fun agility tricks like jumping through hula hoops. The dogs’ new manners and familiarity with commands help them become better candidates for adoption with most dogs in the program quickly adopted after graduation.
For more information on The Bark Program, please email email@example.com or call (510) 564-2961.
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