We run "compassion" courses in inner city lower, elementary

Education is our best bet at combating the abuse, neglect, and surrender that plagues our world. If you agree, read on.... and/or feel free to share with others who might be interested in joining this work with their dogs! 

Dog-Teams in every classroom.

2 Week Long Compassion Curriculum

TIP created this teacher-taught curriculum to expand compassion, empathy, trust, and strong relationships building with both dogs and each other.  

Common Core and Social Emotional Learning aligned. 

After School Dog Training Club

Training builds trusting and loving relationships between humans and dogs. 

Sit Stay Read

Partnered and in collaboration with Sit Stay Read out of Chicago, TIP  launched it's first ever 6 week Read program in KIPP East Primary, January 2020! 

"A visiting dog promotes greater self-esteem and focused interaction with other students and teachers."

Dog Teams!

Step 1:  Alliance of Therapy Dog's 1-3 month certification process is about $57 (please let us know if cost is a barrier)

Step 2: Once you are certified, the fun begins. You will be able to sign up for school time opportunities, which will be 1 hr. time blocks and include your choice of supporting our 2-week course in 7th-grade classrooms across the city, our READ program in Kindergarten classrooms, and/or to work with our Agility Club at KIPP: Central City. 

We're here for your questions, and we are happy to jump on the phone to walk through what this process might look like for you and your dog.  If you and your dog are already/alternatively certified, tell us more about your certification so we can advance you to the next step, volunteering opportunities.

Main Requirements:

  • Your dog must be at least one year old
  • You must have had a close relationship with your dog for 6 months
  • Your dog must have good manners
  • Your dog must love and enjoy the company of people
  • Your dog must be in overall good health 
  • You must be able to make at least one visit every 3 months

Briefing of steps: 

Contact a Tester/Observer in the area.

If you do not have computer access, please contact the office at 1-877-843-7364.  

ATD rules, paperwork, and the test here

The benefits for you, your dog, and those whose lives you will change through your efforts are impactful. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for understanding how meaningful it is for you and your dog to connect and engage the youth of our city. 



Get Involved

  • Become a dog-team
  • Become a teacher
  • Want us in your school?
  • Fiscal Sponsorship Options

Contact TIP's Educational Director: Julia@theinnerpup.org