Dog Training DisrUPted - UPWARD Dogology

Dog Fosters! Goal Setting for Success

April 25, 2023 Billie Groom Season 7 Episode 2
Dog Training DisrUPted - UPWARD Dogology
Dog Fosters! Goal Setting for Success
Show Notes

Fostering adolescent and adult dogs can be challenging. In this episode, I break down the goals and introduce the 7 step fostering program I have applied with hundreds of dogs and taught to dozens of fosters.

Programs for pet parents are different than those of fostering - Why? Because the goal is different!  Fostering is not about BEING the best home or addressing behavioral issues that are specific to the foster home, but rather, taking the steps to ensure a successful adoption into the best home for the dog.

I use the example of a recent foster couple I helped with their challenging dog. Their goal to address behavioral issues specific to their home life complicated the process of providing the dog with the necessary skills to be happily homed.

The UPWARD Dogology 7 step program keeps the goals in the forefront and the success rate high. In this episode, I review these steps, discussing why they are important, and how they eliminate the need for lengthy fostering periods and allow for an easy integration into their new home.


Here are the links discussed in the episode

Are you a Dog Mom or foster Mom? If you are struggling to keep it together, you are not alone! (

A Scientific Study on Changes Needed in the Adoption Process. Is the Need to Ensure Successful Adoptions Over-Complicating the Process? (

Big thanks to Open Strum for donating the music clips!  Open Strum is a huge supporter of rescue pets. They provide creative programs for children and youths to become involved in animal welfare and encourage respect for all living species.

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Here is the link to the recent article in Psychology Today Mag by Marc Bekoff on Canine CBT
Dog Training: Perception, Cognition, and Emotions | Psychology Today

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