Our Mission: To use the joy of dog training in support of behavioral therapy professionals in their effort to nurture empathy and nonviolent problem-solving skills.



GOAL1: To create the infrastructure and resources to support expansion of services in the Portland Metro and surrounding areas.

We identified the following steps to achieve this goal:

Recruit, train and support more volunteer dog/handler teams!

Steps toward this goal to include but are not limited to:

  • Recruit and train new teams.
  • Streamline and enhance the training/evaluation process so that four teams can be certified in six months or less.
  • Leverage video training capabilities whenever possible
  • Supplement the existing apprenticeship requirement to demonstrate all 3 stages of intervention at a DV shelter with an alternate single day “lightning round” in an environment simulating the shelter.
Provide a strong support system for approved S.T.A.R. team handlers.
  • To include:
    • Identify a suitable location and hold regular group practice sessions bi-weekly. Assigned to REGINA/BOB
    • Continue to identify presenters and content for 2-3 continuing education workshops to help S.T.A.R. teams stay on top of their game.
    • Encourage continuing education in related disciplines (scholarships to outside classes/events). Now ongoing policy
    • Move documentation online wherever possible
    • Catalogue ONLINE the lending libraries of books/videos and their location
    • Catalogue ONLINE a props inventory – LINDA to start, others to contribute
Create a sustainable financial plan.

Steps toward this goal to include but are not limited to:

  • Finalize a “Grant Application Kit” of up-to- date information for use by all members of the organization reaching out for support.
  • Make every effort to continue increasing our buffer of cash in the Savings Account so we can continue operations during underfunded years.
  • Formalize Policies defining:
    • Management of organizational monies (savings, checking, and credit) – Assigned to TINA
    • Scholarship criteria – Assigned to LINDA – define method for obtaining board approval – majority rule
    • Guidelines for assessing the value of organizational participation in local fundraising and promotional events. Assigned to LINDA – create a basic form with questions that will help the board decide – majority rule
    • Donor relations, from thank-you to keeping the relationship alive with tidbits of news. NEW VOLUNTEER POSITION?
GOAL 2: To create and nurture healthy relationships with client organizations.

We identified the following steps to achieve this goal:

Define realistic screening criteria to be used in evaluating and prioritizing various types of potential client relationships.

Types of relationships to include but not be limited to:

  • Ongoing weekly visits at a specific facility, 1 or 2 children at a time (examples: DV shelters, residential treatment facilities) typically over an extended period of time
  • Annually repeated short series of small group classes (example: elementary schools) or multi-week summer schools.
  • Special Projects tailored to match a specific client (example: HomePlate video project)
  • One-time events/sequences for larger groups (examples: Girl Scout summer camp; Adelante Chicas, workshop on “Consent”)
  • One-time very short duration meetings with pairs of children at events.
Do not take on new clients until we have:
  • Applied the previously defined screening criteria
  • Verified that we have appropriately trained teams to support them
Examine each client’s method of connecting with at-risk youths, and where suitable create intervention models that support those methods.
  • Whenever possible, co-train with client staff (e.g., PBIS training)
  • Conduct limited-term Special Projects to experiment with and evaluate the effectiveness of new tactics. Example:
    • Special Project: HomePlate support ( a ) their focus on helping youths prepare for and move into jobs in the real world and ( b ) their support for immigrant Muslim women by creating a monthly dog-training job where the participants help train the dogs for short videos.
Provide clients and potential clients information that clarifies and validates our program.
  • Create a professionally filmed/edited videotape illustrating our process and linking what they see to their own priorities.
  • Create a brochure which succinctly describes in terminology appropriate for therapy professionals what our program does and does not do. This brochure will include the evidence-based assessment by Pacific University.
GOAL 3: Continue to capture all forms, procedures, expenses, guidelines – EVERYTHING needed to intelligently guide others to replicate our program elsewhere
  • Create a list of interested organizations, building on contacts made at ClickerExpo and elsewhere
  • Create a full-featured workshop on how we work, etc.