“Abhay Sankalp”, a community driven program for street dog management powered by Humane Society International/India conducted workshops on dog behavior for residential societies for two days in Vadodara. The workshop was facilitated by Nidhi Sanghrajka, a certified Dog Trainer & Behaviorist and representatives from HSI/India team. Children and adults were present in the workshops.
Abhay Sankalp, since its launch in October 2018, has been working with neighborhoods across the city to better understand their issues with street dogs and facilitate a better understanding of rabies, dog behavior and other aspects of street dogs living in each neighborhood. Over 108 residential societies have signed up with Abhay Sankalp to promote harmonious co existence between street dogs and people.
The workshop focused on educating the residents and children on dog behavior, read pet/street dog’s body language and how to be safe around dogs. They also learnt how to interact with dogs in humane ways, approach a dog when it appears anxious and the role of street dogs in societies. After the workshop both adults and children developed a sense of responsibility and commitment towards their colony street dogs. They understood that humans need to behave right to get them to behave right.