Classes for Young Pet Lovers
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!
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.
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*
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.
At the Event:
Registration for our spring Brownie Days will open on Feb. 1, 2017.
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 DSchultz@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org to schedule a reservation for one or more Canine Courage sessions.