How to Foster Dogs

Beverly Isla on Pet Life Radio

Fostering dogs has been growing traction as more rescue organizations are created to help address homeless dogs. But can anyone just foster dogs? Are there challenges to volunteering as a foster parent? This week will address the answers that many potential fosters may be questioning before signing up with a rescue organization. Renowned author Pat Miller's 'How To Foster A Dog' is a must have book for those looking to foster and she will share her insights in this episode.


Pat Miller, renowned best-selling author, and founder of Peaceable Paws has been training dogs for more than 30 years and has successfully competed with many of them in the obedience and rally ring. In fact, she was one of the first trainers to be awarded the title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) in 2001. In addition to having written several of her own books, Pat writes for several publications, including The Whole Dog Journal, and the Popular Dogs series, and is training editor of The Whole Dog Journal.
Miller also worked for 20 years at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, California, during which time she collaborated with Trish King to create the country’s first “Color Coding” system for shelter dogs and volunteers.  This system was successful in reducing behavior problems in shelter dogs (with a corresponding reduction in euthanasia) by identifying difficult to handle dogs and matching them with more experienced and capable volunteer handlers.  

To add to Pat Miller's expert profile, she has served as a President for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT); is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants; and has helped create TAPPT, the Tennessee Association of Positive Pet Trainers and MAAPPPT – the Mid-Atlantic Association of Positive Professional Pet Trainers. Currently, Pat offers group dog training classes, private behavior consults, training camps, seminars and workshops worldwide, expert witness services for animal-related legal cases, and is Director of the Peaceable Paws Trainer Academies and Training Programs.