Pawsitive Works Non Profit began in 2009 with a vision to help at-risk youth develop the life skills they need to become caring, responsible, and empathetic individuals by using canines as facilitators for change. We believe that the human-canine bond forms a partnership that results in a heartfelt, lasting transformation for both the youth and dogs. It is truly a pathway through which we can open hearts and minds; inspiring individuals to achieve their fullest potential in life.
We launched our first pilot program in Boundary County, Idaho. Our program quickly became successful; we expanded our reach to surrounding communities in North Idaho, Southern Idaho and Washington.
Over the next two years we worked with professionals in psychology, education, juvenile justice, research and dog behavior /training to create a structured curriculum. Because we knew how important outcomes are, we made sure the curriculum included measurement tools.
We listened to communities that wanted a program using the inspiration and presence of dogs for larger groups. That canine program is now available and allows for flexible delivery, a varying number and type of dogs and is geared for larger groups. S.E.E. Spot is available for middle school age children now and will be available for elementary age in the near future. As we focus on continuing to expand our impact, we look for new and innovative programming to reach more hearts, teach more minds. To that end we are designing a canine program specifically for adults.
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