Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle
the cow jumped over the moon
the little dog laughed to see such sportand the dish ran away with the spoon!
Sadly, the lives of many children are not this carefree. Let us help bring back the smiles!
To use the joy of dog training in support of behavioral therapy professionals in their effort to nurture empathy and non-violent problem solving skills.
STAR (See, Tag And Reward) therapy dog teams offer Washington County teachers, therapists and counselors a new, cost-free tool for therapeutic intervention. STAR teams, modeling gentle, safe and respectful interaction with animals, demonstrate positive training as an antidote to use of force.
In a carefully structured set of classes, children are invited to interact with the dogs, and to help teach a STAR dog a new game. By learning how to train a dog themselves, young participants experience first hand the efficacy of clear communication and positive methods of "getting what you want". AND have fun doing it!
The Little Dog Laughed Animal-Assisted Therapy is also proud to offer the popular "Be a Tree" dog-bite prevention program – a fun and effective way to provide kids with the tools they need to interact safely with dogs.
Many thanks to Monique Balas for her excellent article about our program in the Saturday, Aug 10, Oregonian! CLICK HERE to read it now...