Classes for Young Pet Lovers



Read Across America Day Celebration 

We're celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday, and we hope you'll join us for the party! We'll be reading some of our favorite books with therapy animals and shelter pets. A photo board, petting opportunities and refreshments are also included. And Max the Malamute will be here with his cart, giving rides to kids and adults alike!

Sat., March 4

2:30-4:30 p.m.

$5 per child/adult 

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AF 125 - Dogs 101 

For kids age 5+ and their grown-ups

Children and dogs can be best buddies, with a relationship based on mutual respect and communication. Families with dogs or who are considering adopting a dog are encouraged to attend this class. Interact with a kid-friendly dog and learn how to tell when a dog is annoyed, happy, nervous, ready to play or ready to chase. Learn what to do when your dog jumps on you, what games are okay to play with dogs and when your dog needs privacy.

  • This is a people-only class; please leave your four-footed family member at home.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent, adult relative or guardian. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.
  • This class is for families only (no scout groups, please).
  • Families with children who are afraid of dogs should see AF 122 Canine Courage.
  • Concerns about individual dogs will not be addressed during this class. Families with specific behavior questions about their own family dogs should contact Animal Friends’ free Behavior Help Line: 412.847.7059.

Sat., Feb.11

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. And then stay to enjoy the BunRun afterward!

One can or bag of dog food per person.

Dana Schultz and a friendly Therapets therapy dog.

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AF 128 - Pets Badge Day

For Brownie Troops.

Troops of animal-loving Brownies are invited to Animal Friends to complete steps towards earning the “Pets” Badge. (The troop leaders will provide the actual “Pets” Badge. We will provide an Animal Friends’ fun patch.)

Step 1: Pet Bingo*
*We will not be playing the pet bingo game during the event as we do not house six of the pictured animals. Troops should play the bingo game at their meetings. But for more information about how much it costs to care for a dog, cat, and rabbit, please click here.

Step 2: Make a cozy sleeping space for a pet. During the guided tour you will see the cozy places where our dogs, cats, and rabbits sleep. We also request that each troop work together in advance to create at least one fleece blanket for our animals using the directions found here and bring it with them to the event.

Step 3: Find out how to keep different pets looking good. Learn about how often dogs, cats, and rabbits have to be washed or brushed and other special care tips.

Step 4: Make a pet feel loved. What are ways to pet dogs, cats, and rabbits to make them feel loved? Why don’t dogs like hugs? What does it mean when a cat swishes her tail? Why was “Thumper” a good name for the rabbit from Bambi? We’ll learn about how these pets communicate their feelings. Then we’ll play animal charades.

Step 5: Make a pet budget for two pets. We’ll figure out how much it costs to feed a dog and cat for a month.
Note: While page seven of the “Pets” Badge guidelines mentions making tasty pet treats, please note that we are no longer accepting homemade treats for the animals at Animal Friends.

Reservation Guidelines: 

  • This event is not appropriate for Brownies who are allergic to or afraid of dogs, cats, or rabbits.
  • Our staff photographer may be taking photos at the event. Troop leaders should make troop parents aware of Animal Friends' policy* regarding event photos.
    *Please be aware that your entrance to Animal Friends at this event serves as your voluntary agreement to appear onscreen or in print as part of this or any other related media or promotions, in perpetuity.
  • Complete payment must be received to secure a troop reservation. Once a payment has been made, additional scouts may not be added to a troop’s headcount.
  • Refunds will be made for scouts who cannot attend if requests for refunds are made to Donna Klingelhofer by the refund deadline listed above.
  • To inquire about registration/availability for this event, please email Donna at

At the Event:

  • Space is limited. No Daisies, Junior Girl Scouts or siblings may attend.
  • Each group should have at least two chaperones but no more than four.
  • Parking is limited. Please carpool.
  • Troops should not enter the building before 2:40 p.m. as dog training classes will be concluding and we would like the dogs to exit before the children enter. Check-in will be held between 2:40 and 2:55. Troops arriving before 2:40 are asked to please wait in their vehicles.

TBD – two Saturdays in March, April, and/or May

3-5 p.m.

$5 per Brownie and at least one troop-made blanket (see step 2 above) per troop.

Registration for our spring Brownie Days will open on Feb. 1, 2017.





AF 122 - Canine Courage

For families whose child is afraid of dogs.

To assist families with children who are afraid of dogs, Animal Friends will provide a meeting space and a child-friendly therapy dog accompanied by the dog’s handler. The family will provide a therapist who will co-teach the sessions with Animal Friends’ Education Coordinator. Parents should contact their child’s pediatrician who may be able to recommend a therapist to work with the family. It will be the family’s financial responsibility to pay the therapist for his/her time. Please have the therapist contact Dana Schultz, Education Coordinator, at to schedule a reservation for one or more Canine Courage sessions.

By advance reservation.

A donation of dog food per session.

Classes for Young Pet Lovers

Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
M-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | S/S 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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