Canine Commandos Doing it for the Dogs! and Cats too!
Freedom 7 International Studies
Lewis Carroll Elementary
Christa McAuliffe Elementary
Oak Park Elementary
Port Malabar Elementary
Royal Palm Charter
Canine Commandos is a program that began with gifted students from Indialantic Elementary and grew into 25 other elementary classes participating from schools throughout Brevard County Florida.
Canine Commandos who go to school in the Melbourne area or south of Hwy 520 Causeway in Merritt Island go to the Brevard South Animal Care Center.
Canine Commandos who go to school in Titusville and north go to the Brevard North Animal Care Center in Cocoa and Brevard SPCA, to train dogs waiting for their "furever homes".
Canine Commandos improve these dogs' behaviors and social skills in order to help them find their "furever homes".
Once they arrive at the shelter, the Commandos train the dogs in basic obedience commands, "Watch Me," "Sit," "Down," Stay," and "Come," which is done outside with the dogs secured to the fence to prevent the students from letting go of the leashes. Once the basic commands are taught, the Commandos go inside the shelter to "Clicker Train" the dogs in their runs.
Canine Commandos also spend time with the dogs, in their kennels, by reading to them. By increasing human contact, especially by young people, the dogs are better able to adapt to being adopted.
Canine Commandos are supervised at the shelters by Certified Dog Trainers at all times.
When "Clicker Training," the dogs are in their runs and the Commandos stand in front of the dogs' doors. When the dogs are quiet and not jumping, the Commandos click and give them a treat. This makes the shelter quieter, a more normal living environment and the dogs behavior more desirable for adoption.
Canine Commandos socialize cats too! Commandos sometimes agility train and teach dogs tricks when then have mastered the basic commands.
The Commandos are always sad to leave the shelters because after training these sweet dogs, they get attached to them. Canine Commandos feel much better knowing they may have saved a dog's life. It is very exciting to have a dog taken directly from the Commandos during the training. We invite the public to watch the dogs in training. This often ensures an adoption.
Canine Commandos' goal is to get these dogs adopted into good homes and spread the word to other schools so they can start their own Canine Commandos Program and join in the fun, too!
Canine Commandos knows that this website is our voice to the world !
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We thank you and the Dogs and Cats thank you too !!