S.T.A.R. Team Training and Testing

Light at the end of the tunnel We are now cautiously restarting team-only practices, training classes, and "Try-It-Out" events for fully-vaccinated, masked adults. As the kiddos start getting vaccinated we may be able to reengage with our community partners. We are...

Why Does This Approach Work?

What might be some of the reasons the STAR program has been successful with at-risk children? Positive, marker-based training is 100% about building a relationship based on earned trust and clear, timely communication between two different entities – humans on one...

How Is S.T.A.R. Being Validated?

In a world rightly pursuing evidence-based intervention, we started off with a handicap: we had no hard, objective evidence to validate the effectiveness of our program. S.T.A.R. was a new model, and our successes fell in the realm of “anecdotal”.  The...

Who Are Your Partner Organizations?

While we have on occasion worked with foster care programs and a juvenile evaluation and assessment shelter,  we partner primarily with professionals in the following organizations: Domestic Violence Shelters – Since January 2013 we’ve made weekly visits...

How Is This Different?

How are your S.T.A.R. Teams different from more traditional therapy dog teams that we see in hospitals and libraries? The beneficial effect of traditional therapy therapy dogs is well documented — they provide comfort and emotional support for the duration of...

Why Dogs?

Dogs are not little humans. They are marvelously different, and the ways in which they are different and how this affects our actions as trainers is fertile ground for later discussions on respecting and enjoying differences. We are not all the same, and isn’t it...
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