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.
WHO WE ARE
We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization serving the Portland Metro area. Our therapy teams are dog/handler pairs who are ably assisted by others who share the vision.
WHAT WE DO
Our S.T.A.R. (See Tag And Reward) Teams teach non-violent relationship and problem-solving skills to at-risk youths through classes in positive dog training.
Two noted British criminologists conducted a webinar on December 7, 2020 on “Pet Victimology and Coercive Control.” We think you’ll find the first 1/2 hour very illuminating. It describes a current study of the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.
Why is this relevant to what we do?
Most perpetrators of domestic violence are also harming the family pets. One study reported that 48 percent to 71 percent of battered women reported that their pets had also been threatened, harmed, or killed by their partners. The most statistically reliable predictor for determining if a child will grow up to be a violent offender of any kind is witnessing animal abuse as a child. What a child sees he is likely to repeat. Early intervention is critical.
Check This Out!
As these two sample pages show, this 16-page booklet clearly illustrates some of the exact things we want to teach.
Thank you, Latham Foundation and Trailblazing Tails for helping us make this goal a reality!
But Wait – there’s More!
The generous folks at the Boeing Portland Employees Community Fund have pumped new life-blood into our program by funding a set of Lenovo Tab M10 HD 10.1″ Tablets with rugged BobjGear cases!
This answers two of our goals:
- Create a standardized digital tool-kit for our teams, providing each with easy access to videos and applications that help us illustrate and give life to concepts that we are introducing to kiddos.
- Give teams a way to connect online with kids when we cannot visit in person. THIS HAS BECOME A CRITICAL NEED. Extra tablets can now be left on-site at DV shelters, where counselors would oversee their use for video sessions with our teams.