Big Dog Master Class Block 8 - Big Dogs: The Tough Stuff

Recorded On: 03/30/2022

Clare Callison, Maddie’s® Director of National Pet Supply and Demand, American Pets Alive!
Kristen Hassen, Maddie’s® Director, American Pets Alive! and Human Animal Support Services

Session 1: Managing big dog space crises
Session 2: Lifesaving protocol for at-risk dogs

There are a number of factors that lead to big dogs facing a particularly precarious situation in animal shelters. While it's no fault of the dogs, size and breed restrictions are particularly detrimental to big dogs, causing them to sit in shelters longer and to be brought to shelters because their owners aren’t allowed to keep them. Behavioral and medical decline, particularly a problem during periods of high intake, can lead to space crises which force shelters to act urgently to avoid euthanizing dogs due to lack of space. Behavioral decline, often caused by the stress of shelter confinement, leads to sheltered dogs being slated for euthanasia when no immediate outcome options are available. These factors can lead to shelter workers and volunteers feeling helpless and demoralized like there is just no answer. Luckily, there are things you can do to save big dogs, even in the hardest of circumstances. In this session, Clare Callison teaches you the proven steps you can take to get dogs into homes during periods of crisis or when dogs are at risk of euthanasia due to behavioral decline or a long length of stay. Students learn to implement easy, low cost or free strategies to get dogs out faster and avoid holding dogs indefinitely, with no solid plan.

Earn 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits from The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and from the National Animal Care & Control Association.

This course has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit for each block of presentations until February 14, 2024 in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. Pass the quiz with a score of 70% or higher to access your CE certificate and then upload it to This is the broker that the AAVSB uses to track your continuing education credits.

length of stay, breed restrictions, space issues, shelter stress, live outcomes, obstacles to outcomes management system for big dogs, animal behavior, big dogs, large dogs, Maximize physical and behavioral health, Animal & Population Management, Strategic & Operational Planning, Policies & Procedures, webcast

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