What Pawg­warts House Would Your Dog Be Sorted Into?

An Or­lando shel­ter helps adopt­able dogs find for­ever homes by sort­ing them into Harry Pot­ter-in­spired houses!

Modern Dog - - CONTENTS - BY LAURA DEN­NIS

An Or­lando shel­ter sorts adopt­able dogs into Harry Pot­ter-in­spired houses to help them find for­ever homes.

Be­ing in the dog­house now has a new— and much more mag­i­cal—mean­ing for the pups at the Pet Al­liance of Greater Or­lando shel­ter! Just in time for the twen­ti­eth an­niver­sary of the much-beloved Harry Pot­ter series, the shel­ter is sort­ing their dogs into the four houses of its “Pawg­warts” ken­nels, based upon their per­son­al­ity, be­hav­iour, abil­i­ties, and in­ter­ests. Those fa­mil­iar with the en­dur­ing series will in­stantly know if they’d like their fu­ture ca­nine to be­long in Gryffindog, Raven­paw, Huf­fle­fluff, or Slob­berin House. While the whimsy is un­de­ni­able, there is a prac­ti­cal pur­pose be­hind the sort­ing—the shel­ter is hop­ing that the move will en­cour­age peo­ple to adopt based on per­son­al­ity and life­style match rather than breed. Dogs of the same breed can have vastly dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity types and ex­er­cise needs and, as in the case of bully breeds, breed mis­con­cep­tions can lead to dis­crim­i­na­tion and stigma. Fur­ther­more, re­search has proven that the vis­ual iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of breed is in­cor­rect more than 70 per­cent of the time but still leads to un­for­tu­nate stereo­typ­ing. Be­cause of this, many shel­ters, in­clud­ing Pet Al­liance, have re­moved breed la­bels en­tirely. Now, Pet Al­liance has taken it to the next level with their Harry Pot­ter-in­spired ini­tia­tive de­signed to en­cour­age po­ten­tial adopters to be less breed-fo­cused and in­stead fo­cus on find­ing a match for their own habits, ac­tiv­ity level, health, and in­ter­ests when look­ing to adopt a new dog. To do so, the shel­ter is high­light­ing in­di­vid­ual ca­nine traits that demon­strate char­ac­ter­is­tics associated with each ‘dog­house’ and group­ing their dogs ac­cord­ingly. In the Harry Pot­ter series, new Hogwarts stu­dents take turns don­ning the tat­tered-yet- wise Sort­ing Hat to see into their char­ac­ter and de­cide which house best suits them. Gryffindor—the house of pro­tag­o­nist Harry—val­ues brav­ery, dar­ing, and chivalry. Raven­claw mem­bers demon­strate in­tel­li­gence, wit, and knowl­edge. Huf­flepuffs are hard­work­ing and ven­er­ate loy­alty, pa­tience, and friend­ship. And Slytherin, of­ten seen as the most vil­lain­ous house, val­ues am­bi­tion, cun­ning, and re­source­ful­ness in its house mem­bers. In real life Or­lando, in­stead of us­ing a Sort­ing Hat (al­though, that would be su­per cute!), the imag­i­na­tive Pet Al­liance shel­ter team came up with ac­tiv­i­ties to run and cues to look for when de­cid­ing which house an adopt­able dog be­longs in. How the dogs play with toys, in­ter­act with oth­ers, the speed at which they pick up new tricks, and more all in­di­cate traits that go to­ward de­cid­ing which house to place the pup. For ex­am­ple, if a dog is quick to pick up com­mands and obe­di­ence cues—that’s a Raven­paw, through and through. Su­per-friendly, laid back, af­fec­tion­ate, and just happy to be alive? Huf­fle­fluff, for sure. Ath­letic dogs who aren’t afraid to try new things would fit right in with the Gryffind­ogs, while a de­ter­mined al­pha with great prob­lem solv­ing skills would be a Slob­berin. While this process is not based on any sci­en­tific stud­ies, the shel­ter is find­ing it very ef­fec­tive. Not only is it help­ing to elim­i­nate breed stigma, it’s help­ing their dogs find a per­fect-match for­ever home. Cu­ri­ous what group your own dog be­longs in? Join more than 90,000 dog own­ers and take the quiz for your­self at

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