About Helping Idaho Dogs, Inc.

Helping Idaho Dogs, Inc. was started in May of 2009 and we received our 501(c)(3) notification in February of 2010. Our initial business goals were focused on promoting compassionate dog training and providing resources to dog handlers. Today, our goals include increasing the number of  well-trained, registered therapy dog teams by providing high-quality canine educational opportunities to our volunteers. We prepare our therapy dog teams to be successful when helping people in need of the comfort of our dogs, and we maintain high standards for our therapy dog teams through on-going support. Our volunteers supply educational outreach opportunities to Idaho communities. Through Humane Education, we are able to teach people to be compassionate, responsible and respectful of dogs; people learn about personal safety around dogs.   

Through education, dog owners make good decisions and build stronger relationships with their dogs, improving the lives of dogs and their families. Our training classes can lower the number of dog bites per year by increasing children and adults' knowledge about dog safety and body language. More pet dogs can remain with their families or be adopted into families when understanding and compassion are used to handle difficult situations. Communities are able to expand opportunities for well-mannered dogs to be successful within the communities.

Our volunteers provide:

  • Compassionate, positive reinforcement training for our volunteers' pet dogs;

  • Education to people through Humane Education presentations, workshops, and events;

  • Support to our therapy dog teams that visit people in need.