For a decade, volunteers have been matched with dogs to spend about an hour teaching their canine partners to sit, heel, walk on a leash and other skills. In between the short training sessions, volunteers take the dogs for a swim or a walk on the beach.
“It’s a great way to socialize the dogs.”
They meet at 11 a.m. each Sunday at Public Beach, next to Calico Jack’s.
This Sunday, the Cayman Islands Humane Society will celebrate 10 years of bringing dogs from its shelter for the weekly seaside training.
The program not only gives the dogs a chance to frolic in the sand and surf, but also to learn basic commands that make them more adoptable, organizers say.
The program is spearheaded by dog trainer and longtime Humane Society volunteer Kenneth Morgan.
The skills the dogs are taught make it easier for the owner to handle the dog, he said, adding that a well-behaved dog is much less likely to be returned to the shelter.
“It’s a great way to socialize the dogs,” Mr. Morgan said. “It’s a fun outing for both the dogs and volunteers.”
A special anniversary training session will be held at the beach, from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, followed by refreshments until 2 p.m.
For more information on volunteering for dog training at the beach, email [email protected]