The Little Dog LaughedAnimal-Assisted Therapy
We teach relationship and
problem-solving skills to
youths through classes in
positive dog training.
The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbury have once again spotlighted the need for people of all races and creeds to forcefully reject institutional and societal racism, and to vigorously work to reshape our civilization into one that honors the dignity and equal rights of all people.
Our hearts are collectively broken at the most recent tragic events and the long list of devastating precedents. Since its inception, The Little Dog Laughed has espoused and attempted to model a non-violent, non-coercive, respectful ethic of human interaction as we have worked to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our society, our children.
We are committed to listening to the voices of those whose lives have been impacted by racism and are actively working to reduce barriers to a truly inclusive and equitable society.
We are fully committed to being part of the change that is needed – if not now, then when?
– The Board of Directors and Teams of The Little Dog Laughed Animal-Assisted Therapy
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.
Happy Summer, Everyone!
While we can still train our S.T.A.R. teams over the internet, our hands-on, interactive teaching style with kiddos does not translate to a small screen very well. We’re pretty much side-lined until we come up with a new strategy. And our dogs REALLY MISS our weekly visits!
Today Zoey and I (Linda) got a chance to exercise one of the activities the kids at Raphael House of Portland had been teaching her – how to hunt butterscotch-scented Easter eggs.
To my delight (and in spite of no rehearsal for over a month) Zoey immediately and happily clicked into gear this morning for a hunt in our back yard. The loud rustling is me trying to unwrap a cheese stick.