When 50% of our children are being bitten by a dog by the time they are 12 years old and 77% of bites come from their family or a friend’s dog – that’s an opportunity for education that anyone who loves kids or dogs simply cannot ignore.  They’re staggering statistics and ones The Canine Effect wants to help change – that’s why we present the Stop the 77 programs in schools and for youth community organizations.

Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites, but studies show that educating kids on how to act around dogs significantly increases appropriate behavior.  We are committed to helping kids learn how to act around ALL of the dogs they see in their lives whether their families own one or not.  That is why we offer the program free.

The Dog Stars program is designed especially for elementary school-aged kids.  It’s only 30-40 minutes long, and the message is upbeat, fun and based on a music video that will have the kids singing about dog safety long after we leave.  It’s a message that really sticks and The Canine Effect is thrilled to be able to offer it. The program comes with stuffed dogs, not real ones.

Adult Programs

Personal Growth for Animal Lovers

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.’  -John Muir

If you are reading this description, my sense is we would be fast friends. Chances are you have a history of rescuing animals, keeping pets, walking at shelter fundraisers, and/or have photos of your pets next to (or in lieu of) your kids/parents. Simultaneously, you may have some personal growth or spirituality books on your shelf and next to your bed. You care about your own development; and relationships with animals of all kinds are important to you.

This single to multi-day workshop is about self-development and increasing your capacity to ‘Be the person your dog thinks you are.’ The Self is developed in relationship, and people are designed to be relationship with nature, animals and other people. How are the relationships in your life? All our relations, with both human and non-human animals, reflect how we make and break connection with others. By improving the level of presence and connection with yourself, the dogs and horses on our property, and the surrounding environment, you become more aware of how all beings respond to your intentions and behaviors. Join us is in creating openings that cultivate intimacy and receptivity, and improve breathe and body awareness. This way of being nourishes hearts, transforms all relationships, and increases the joy between you and animals.

Canine Communication & Dog Bite Prevention

Professionals that work within and around homes and neighborhoods frequently come into contact with dogs. Some of these interfaces can be friendly, but many are not. Even the kindest of dogs can become territorial and threatening if a stranger approaches property where they live. In this one-hour workshop, Kimberly answers questions and speaks about dog bite prevention and staying safe to professionals that work for companies such as:

  • The US Postal Service
  • UPS
  • FedEx
  • Xfinity & Comcast
  • Public Service

Our goal is to end the suffering that occurs physically, emotionally and financially to those effected by dog bites each year, and to protect relationships between dogs and people.

Kimberly has facilitated dog bite prevention classes for postal service workers, children’s groups, and families, and has worked with dog bite clients as a therapist.  She understands the trauma and ripple effects that result from these incidents and wants to contribute to a community free of bites and full of satisfying human-animal relationships.

This educational program is FREE of charge to community organizations and businesses.