Spencer Scholarship Application
The Spencer Scholarship program has been created to ensure that:

1. Dogs in rescue have access to high quality, humane training and as a result will be more adoptable.

2. Fosters and others in rescue have access to humane training methods that may not currently be available to them.

Once your application has been submitted, we will acknowledge receipt within 48 hours and begin the review process. We typically reach a decision within 5 days. If you need us to expedite the review process, please notify us at info@spencerdog.org when you submit the application.
Basic Information
Date *
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Name of rescue organization *
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Website of rescue organization *
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Please select all that apply to your rescue organization. *
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NOTE: Both the rescue and foster contacts will be notified. The rescue and foster family must be in agreement when applying for the Spencer Scholarship.
Name of rescue representative *
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Phone number of rescue representative *
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Email of rescue representative *
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Name of foster *
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Phone number of foster *
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Email of foster *
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Address of foster *
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Can the dog travel to a training site, or is in-home training preferred? *
Name of rescue dog *
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Breed(s) *
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Weight *
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Age *
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Sex *
Is the dog spayed or neutered? *
What efforts have been made to seek training, funding for training, and help for the dog in need thus far? Please describe. *
Your answer
Have you applied for the Spencer Scholarship before? *
Medical History
Behavioral issues are often related to underlying medical conditions. Prior to applying for the Spencer Scholarship, we recommend scheduling a veterinary visit to rule out contributing health issues. If you feel the behavioral issue is too urgent to be delayed, please fill out this application, and indicate that at the end of the form. If you would like to visit a veterinarian but need financial assistance to do so, please contact Spencer Group at info@spencerdog.org.
Has this dog been seen by a veterinarian recently? *
If yes, please indicate the date of the appointment and describe any physical or behavioral diagnoses, treatment plans, and medications, if applicable.​
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Is the dog currently being treated or has it previously been treated for a communicable disease or condition? *
If yes, please describe, including dates of most recent treatment.
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Behavioral History
Please provide a detailed description of the behavior(s) you would like to address. *
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NOTE: A bite history does not automatically exclude a dog from receiving the Spencer Scholarship. However, it is important to fully disclose any and all bites or attempted bites. If we determine that we are not able to provide the training that the dog needs, we will make every effort to connect you with additional resources that may be able to help.
Has the dog ever bitten or tried to bite a human? *
Has the dog ever bitten or tried to bite another animal? *
If yes, what kind of animal?
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If the dog has bitten or tried to bite a HUMAN, please complete this section.
How many times has the dog bitten or tried to bite a human? (Include all bites, whether or not damage was sustained.)
Which types of injury has the dog inflicted on a human? Please select all that apply.
Please describe in detail the circumstances surrounding the bite(s), including the following for each incident: physical characteristics of the human(s) bitten, body part(s) bitten, what was happening at the time of the incident, how long ago the incident occurred, how the dog’s handler responded to the incident, etc.
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If the dog has bitten or tried to bite another ANIMAL, please complete this section.
How many times has the dog bitten or tried to bite another animal? (Include all bites, whether or not damage was sustained.)
Which types of injury has the dog inflicted on another animal? Please select all that apply.
Please describe in detail the circumstances surrounding the bite(s), including the following for each incident: physical characteristics of the animal bitten, body part(s) bitten, what was happening at the time of the incident, how long ago the incident occurred, how the dog’s handler responded to the incident, etc.
Your answer
Training History
What training, if any, has the dog received so far? If the dog has previously worked with a trainer, please provide their name and company website if readily available. *
Your answer
Please select any training methods or tools that have been or are currently being used on the dog. *
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What type of equipment is currently used when walking the dog? *
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May Spencer Group and its trainers share your organization's name and/or logo, mission, story, information about your collaboration with them, and pictures or videos pertaining to this applicant via social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) or print materials without further approval from your organization? (Your response will not have an effect on the evaluation of the application.) *
How did you learn about the Spencer Scholarship? *
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NOTE: If the rescue and/or foster has established a working relationship with a Spencer Scholarship trainer, there is no guarantee of working with the same trainer if awarded the Spencer Scholarship. Trainers are assigned to best meet the needs of the rescue dog and foster family.
Is there anything else you would like us to know right away?
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Spencer Scholarship terms and conditions
Spencer Group and its partner trainers will attempt to meet the needs of rescue animals by providing positive training instruction to address behavioral concerns. Our partners are experienced trainers who are knowledgeable about current training techniques and have a demonstrated commitment to working with rescues. Spencer Scholarship trainers are committed to working exclusively with positive methods, meaning they will not use any tool or technique designed to be aversive and/or cause the dog intimidation, distrust, stress, anxiety, fear, or pain.

Although the Spencer Scholarship trainers are experienced and well-versed in positive training, they are only part of the training equation. Results may vary due to various factors including but not limited to the dog’s prior experiences, physical limitations, and rescue and volunteer compliance to the training plan and/or the amount of time spent on training exercises. It is unethical for any trainer to guarantee results as the behavior of any living being is highly complex and subject to a multitude of variables, but it is highly likely the dog will make progress during the course of training as long as there is adherence to the training plan.

Training commitment:

Consistency in training is one of the most important factors contributing to the successful rehabilitation of dogs with behavioral issues. As a condition of receiving the Spencer Scholarship, both the rescue organization and any volunteers responsible for caring for the dog must agree to:

1. Use only non-aversive, positive training methods approved by the Spencer Scholarship trainer as long as the dog remains in the current rescue organization.

2. Comply with the training techniques recommended by the Spencer Scholarship trainer without introducing additional techniques unless approved by the trainer.

3. Refrain from using tools or techniques created or used with the intent to cause intimidation, distrust, stress, anxiety, fear, pain, and/or injury. This includes anything that has the potential to cause physical, psychological, or emotional harm, such as: choke chains, pinch collars, shock equipment, alpha rolls and other forms of pushing, unnecessary restraint, punishing and/or intimidation or domination, flooding, hanging, kicking, or hitting of any kind.

Failure to comply with the training commitment terms will result in immediate revocation of the Spencer Scholarship.

Write-ups:

The rescue organization agrees to provide copies of Spencer Scholarship training session write-ups to the dog’s adoptive family in order to enable the family to continue working with the dog. In some cases, adoptive families will receive a session with the Spencer Scholarship trainer as part of the original award.

Euthanasia:

Once awarded the Spencer Scholarship, the rescue organization agrees that the dog will not be euthanized without first consulting with Spencer Group and the Spencer Scholarship trainer.

Waiver/Release
Participating in this training is not without some risk to the dog, foster providers, handlers, or other animals; that despite appearing healthy and being handled with great care and foresight, dogs are not always predictable, and the unexpected may occur. I hereby waive and release Spencer Group, its officers, and any trainers working with the Spencer Scholarship program or their employees, consultants, volunteers, and agents from any and all claims while in their foster home, training grounds or surrounding areas thereto and resulting from participation in training through the Spencer Scholarship program, including specifically, but without limitations, any injury or damage resulting from the action(s) of any dog, including the dog identified above.

I indicate that the above-named dog has been vaccinated according to the schedule recommended by a veterinarian for his/her age and condition and is not currently contagious for any communicable condition.
By providing my electronic signature, I indicate the following:
1. This application includes material that to the best of my knowledge is accurate and complete.

2. My rescue organization has granted me authorization to complete this form.

3. My organization and I agree to comply with all Spencer Scholarship terms and conditions.
Electronic signature *
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