Humane Education

Our focus is on educating children of all ages about:


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respect &

 

 

 

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personal safety around dogs

 

 

 

Did You Know?

The American Veterinarians Association and Centers for Disease Control report:

  • 70 million dogs are in the U.S. or 1 dog for every 4.5 people.

  • 4.5 million dog bites are reported each year.

  • 800,000 people bitten by dogs required medical attention.

  • Children between the ages of 5 to 9 years old are at the greatest risk of being bitten.

  • Seniors are the second most common dog bite victims each year.

 

Any dog can bite - the highest number of dog bites are reported to happen with familiar dogs!

What We Do

Our goal is to improve safety around dogs through education, and to promote a stronger relationship between pet owners, families and their dogs. 

Our Humane Education trainers pair up with our therapy dog teams and work together to provide education for students in schools, children in libraries or at community events, as well as public and private organizations. 

We train children and others to understand and care for a pet dog and steps to take to be safer around dogs. Older children are taught to recognize a dog's body language.Towards the end of each training, children are encouraged to practice what they have learned in a safe environment, using our therapy dog teams. Our training encourages pet owners and families to have a positive, safe and happy relationship with their dogs. It is amazing how quickly children learn how to ask first before petting, approach a dog safely, and when they should avoid touching a dog!

Our volunteer trainers use the principles taught by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other established humane education sources. 

Who Can Help?

We would love to hear from you if you have a passion and commitment towards educating the public about Humane Education! We welcome people with or without prior experience in training or providing education, retired or current school teachers, veterinarians, and everyday people!

Besides trainers, we need support volunteers to make this happen. Opportunities include:

  • Training and administrative assistants,

  • Reaching out into the community to spread the word,

  • Organizing and scheduling events in the community,

  • Helping set up/take down booths, table displays,

  • Marketing, and

  • Fundraising.

If you would like to learn more about our Humane Education program, please contact us at humaneed@helpingidahodogs.org or call us at 208-473-8313. We look forward to hearing from you!