Cougar Paw Spa: Hands-on training for shelter dogs


Students can read books, take notes, present projects and take tests, but nothing can prepare a student more for the real world than good old-fashioned hands-on experience.

That’s what students will get in the coming days through the Career and Technical Education Center’s Small Animal Care Program at Pulaski County High School.

The high school is partnering with Pulaski County Humane Society to ready shelter dogs for their forever homes with a program called “Cougar Paw Spa.”

A dog, up-to-date with all its shots, will be “adopted” by the 75 students taking the class, to work one-on-one with the animal teaching it basic commands and socializing the dog for approximately one to two weeks.


“The purpose is to be sure a dog can have a better chance of being adopted,” said Codi Jo Smith, Small Animal Care Program instructor.

Smith said treats will aid in training the dogs to reward their positive behavior. Those who would like to donate treats may contact Smith at  HYPERLINK “”

Smith said the students are excited to work with the dogs and ready to make them better candidates for adoption through their Cougar Paw Spa training.





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