Canine Compassion Course


5th graders - 12th graders who live in zipcodes where surrender, neglect, and abuse (humans and animals) is highest. 

Students in high-need communities are often challenged by and disengaged from academics. We increase feelings of membership and belonging by developing personal relationships with students and teaching them lessons that relate to their life and culture. 

Canine Attendance

We have a dog/handler team in 75% of our classrooms. Dogs are a "hook" for engagement and are uniquely capable of providing valuable lessons in empathy.


65 minute lessons that focus on such topics as responsible pet ownership and dog breeds, history, and psychology. The course stresses ways to ensure successful interactions with dogs and eliminate fear of dogs through learning their body language and communication. We feature empathy and compassion as part of human-dog and human-human relationships. We underscore cultural role models in animal welfare.

Our curricula has a direct positive impact on students' interpersonal relationships, leadership and confidence skills, home life, and their role in their neighborhoods.

Our lesson plans fit into the speaking and listening common core standards as well as social - emotional learning curriculum. 

Out of classroom

We bring neighborhood role models and ambassadors into the classroom. The students go on field trips to our partnering shelters. This connection allows students to develop perspective and understanding of the plight of homeless animals and to see directly how their community contributes to animal welfare challenges. Students confront the consequences of their choices.

Outcome and Goal

Leadership, elevated empathy, empathetic leaders, confidence and free-thinking skills, and knowledge in both managing dogs and understanding dog as family members and mans best friend. 


Elevate empathy toward dogs and people and expand the neighborhood network of ambassadors and advocates for dogs and humans.

Decrease the number of shelter surrenders, euthanization, reports of abuse/neglect, and increase responsible pet ownership. 

Get involved

We are seeking teachers, new schools and locations, partners, sponsors, and corporate support. Contact TIP's Educational Director for more info:


2016 & 2017

In 2016 we taught 25 students in 1 school for 3 weeks. In 2017 we taught 100 students in 1 school for 2 weeks. 


We taught 125 students in 2 schools for

2 weeks; 40 hours of classroom time. 


We plan to reach 500 students, in 5 classrooms. This will be 200 hours of classroom time!

Canine Compassion as a path of empathy

Humane Education Origins

Compassion and empathy need to be re-awakened. They are often surpressed by other life forces or trauma. Our Education Course awakens the sleeping, unconscious human spirit that is waiting for permission to connect with compassion. 

Over three years, TIP has run 2-3 "Canine Compassion Courses" in 11th Ward (Central City) and Upper 9th Ward classrooms. The course originally set out to solve the problem of shelter over-population, high euthanization rates, and abuse and neglect by targeting the root cause of these epidemics (lack of education and resources). 

Our experience of executing the curriculum suggests that Humane Education benefits humans just as much, if not more, than the animals it was designed to advocate for. 

The true value of the course isn't just the knowledge gained around training and behavior, animal husbandry (basic dog needs), or why dogs shouldn't be left in the yard all day (though these are valuable lessons learned, for sure) - the real value is in the lessons around empathy and mutual respect that can be uniquely taught and experienced through our curriculum and interaction with dogs. 

Learn More

We are seeking teachers, new schools and locations, partners, sponsorships and corporate support.

A look inside 2018's course