Light at the end of the tunnel

We are now cautiously restarting team-only practices and "Try-It-Out" events for fully-vaccinated, masked adults.

This does not mean we have restarted visits yet. We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the vulnerable population with whom we work, and the stakes are still too high.

The Little Dog Laughed

Animal-Assisted Therapy

 

 

We teach relationship and
problem-solving skills to
youths through classes in
positive dog training.

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The Little Dog Laughed

Animal-Assisted Therapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We teach relationship and
problem-solving skills to
youths through classes in
positive dog training.

Learn More

OUR MISSION

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. 

Yes, all of our activities are on pause for a bit, but we hope to hit the ground running as soon it’s safe to do so.

We. Need. More. Teams. We were running tight to start with, but over the last year three of our veteran dogs have aged out or died. We. Need. More. Teams.

If you’re even thinking about whether you and your dog would like to be a Little Dog team, please let us know so we can contact you when the world opens back up.

The Standard Volunteer Expo

The Standard’s VIRTUAL Volunteer Expo

We were honored to be included among the 100+ nonprofit organizations included in  The Standard’s Virtual Volunteer Expo on September 9.

Good news for  those who couldn’t make it

The Standard is going to keep the site up for the next year, giving you plenty of time to browse and explore all the great ways to safely support your community.

standard.com/volunteer #VExpo21

Now Recruiting!
Sample Pages from the "Child and Dog Interaction Guide"

Check This Out!

Thanks to a grant from Latham Foundation, we are now able to give each child we work with their own copy of The Child and Dog Interaction Guide!

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!

Meet Our S.T.A.R. Team Partners

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