Dogs Playing in Playgroup


Introducing our FREE WEBINAR Series

Our Every Dog, Every Day! Seminar Program is Now Available in Webinar Form!

With COVID-19 continuing to be a factor in our daily lives, we understand how challenging it’s been to get back to normal. But that doesn’t mean we should stand still and wait. Dogs Playing for Life is moving forward at full speed to continue to improve enrichment for shelter dogs across the nation.

That’s why we’ve unveiled our 3-part Every Dog, Every Day! Webinar Series absolutely free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Petco Foundation and the ASPCA. When you sign up, you’ll get access to three, 1.5-hour webinars with our Chief Program Officer, Mike Kaviani!

Plus, each webinar course (three total) has been pre-approved for 1.5 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) continuing education unit (CEU) credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA), and 1.5 CEUs by the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP). Please send us a request for CEU certification upon course completion!


In October, 2020, we unveiled our 3-part Every Dog, Every Day! Webinar Series absolutely free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Petco Foundation and the ASPCA. We will re-post it to this page, on our social accounts, and through email if and when the webinar series becomes available again. We also plan to post any other webinar series directly to this page. To stay up to date, subscribe to our email newsletter below.

In the meantime, you can check out our extensive (and free) Learning Library – a comprehensive digital library of videos and educational resources. Within this library, shelter professionals can access a plethora of frequently updated video content that demonstrates some of the most common, beneficial, and important aspects of shelter dog playgroups and effective handling.

PLAYGROUPS Part 1: The Why


Learn about all the ways in which DPFL Playgroups are transforming shelters all across the country.

In this first of three webinars, we will present powerful examples of how playgroups can not only enhance the quality of life for your shelter dogs, but how focusing on their quality of life through enrichment can lead to game-changing benefits to your shelter’s everyday operations.

Attendees will get to view dynamic video examples and impactful data and experiences from some of the nearly 300 shelters that have embraced the power of letting shelter dogs play!

*Part 1 attendees will be sent the signup links to parts 2 & 3 upon completing the first webinar.

SIGN UP FOR "Playgroups PART 1: The Why"

PLayGroups Part 2: The WhAT

In Part 2, we dive into what DPFL-style Playgroups look like! During this webinar, we will view and discuss dog-to-dog communication and body language, as well as some of the operational aspects of a successful playgroup program.

Attendees will learn the various ways in which handlers should observe and learn about the dogs in their playgroups in order to create the safest, most enriching and informational experiences for the dogs in their care. 

PLayGroups Part 3: The How

In this last section, we take a deep dive into the critical aspects of how to successfully facilitate playgroups in your shelter.

Attendees will be offered a robust collection of video examples and important discussions on safety, effective handling techniques, and how to take the first steps to implement or enhance their own shelter playgroup programs.


October, 2021

Playgroups Part 1: The Why  |  Monday, 10/18/21 @ Noon EST
Playgroups Part 2: The What  |  Monday, 10/25/21 @ Noon EST
Playgroups Part 3: The How  |  Monday, 11/1/21 @ Noon EST


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