Category Archives: Training

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 […]

Forgotten Dogs and Troubled Veterans

By Joanna Dunn Samson, FOTASDirector It is late afternoon at the Aiken County Animal Shelter. Jerry Lyda, a man with curly graying hair and twinkling blue eyes, stands in front of a rangy, muscular boxer crossed with Lord-knows-what-else named Olivia. He is holding up a piece of hot dog in his closed hand. Jerry knows something […]