This program is near and dear to my heart. For a year or so, at the shelter I volunteer at, we implemented playgroups based on the DPFL model. Overall, it was a success. Moral and participation was up. We got to work with different dogs from different backgrounds and enrich their lives. Dogs are happier and more relaxed. It was a win for all.
Thankfully, earlier this year, I had an opportunity to partake in their training at San Antonio ACS. It was truly a pleasure watching this team at work. Not only did it improve our playgroups but helped me grow as a dog trainer. I felt stronger as a handler and more knowledgeable on dog-to-dog interactions.
I wanted to share their wonderful program and highly recommend considering adding playgroups to more local shelters and rescues.