Category Archives: Training

Couple Fosters Shelter Dogs, Prepares them for Good Homes

When Yvonne and Colin Brookes moved to Aiken from the UK two years ago, they didn’t think they’d have any dogs in their home. They planned to make frequent trips back to the UK to visit family and friends across the pond, so owning pets wasn’t practical. But for a couple not used to life […]

Volunteering at the Animal Shelter: What’s in it for You?

Rain or shine, hot or cold, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year! In some way, shape or form, FOTAS volunteers are helping to find homes for the more than 5,000 animals taken in annually by the Aiken County Animal Shelter! Let me count the ways you can help at […]

Doggy Treadmill Works Wonders at the County Shelter

When someone suggested to FOTAS a few months ago that using a doggy treadmill at the Aiken County Animal Shelter would help our shy, scared dogs and overly-energetic dogs to adapt faster, I was skeptical. But when I spoke with Susi Cohen, an amazing dog trainer who helps us with behavioral issues, she was all […]

FOTAS and USC Aiken Partner on Program that Helps Save Shelter Dogs’ Lives

When you take Dr. Meredith Elzy’s Behavior Modification class at USC Aiken, not only do you learn the key concepts of this psychology therapy in a regular classroom setting, but you also make weekly visits to the Aiken County Animal Shelter to learn how to train homeless dogs. “My role is taking what students are […]

Terrified Stray Dog Keegan Learns How to Love Again

He wouldn’t let anyone pet him for two weeks. Keegan, a 2-year-old, mid-sized, black Retriever mix, was picked up as a stray in Graniteville and being at a strange, new place full of barking dogs was terrifying. Having no idea how to behave in such a situation, he shut down completely. It’s not an uncommon […]

Play Groups increase quality of life for Aiken County Shelter dogs

By Joanna D. Samson, FOTAS Vice President It’s 9:15 in the morning at the Aiken County Animal Shelter, and two dogs are in the play yard: a female, yellow lab cross named Cheyenne and a young, lanky brindle dog named Hawkeye. Cheyenne and Hawkeye were identified the day before as helper dogs for the morning’s […]

Free Training Session Included with Every ACAS Dog Adoption

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director Susi Cohen comes with every dog adoption at the Aiken County Animal Shelter (ACAS). Or, rather, her expertise and guidance does. As the shelter’s expert dog trainer, she provides a free, private session for everyone who gives an ACAS dog or puppy a forever home. “When dogs leave from […]

Aiken Tech Class Boosts Shelter Staff’s Value and Efficiency

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director and Volunteer,  The Aiken County Animal Shelter’s (ACAS) staff and a small group of FOTAS foster volunteers are hitting the books hard after hours. During three-hour classes held twice a week at the shelter, staff members are reviewing PowerPoint slides, engaging in discussion, observing animal behavior and practicing their […]

Trainer Helps Prepare Shelter Dogs for their Forever Homes

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director and Volunteer Everyone who adopts a dog or puppy from the Aiken County Animal Shelter receives a voucher for a free dog training session with canine expert Susi Cohen. Susi is the president of the Palmetto Dog Club in Aiken and has worked with and trained animals for more […]

Love and be loved: the joy of owning a dog

26 October 2014 By Susi Cohen, President of the Palmetto Dog Club and FOTAS Volunteer Trainer Dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty and interaction to humankind. Anyone who has ever loved a dog can attest to its hundred-fold return. The excitement your dog shows when you come home, the wagging tail at the sound […]