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Heroic Hounds: The World of Canines With Your Grandchild

With your grandchild, meet service and guide dogs and their trainers to learn how they are trained and used for therapeutic healing, and take home knowledge to train your pets at home!
Rating (5)
Program No. 18626RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,549 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
California

Heroic Hounds: The World of Canines With Your Grandchild

With your grandchild, meet service and guide dogs and their trainers to learn how they are trained and used for therapeutic healing, and take home knowledge to train your pets at home!
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,549 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
Length
5 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,549 / ADULT
999 / CHILD
Program No. 18626RJ

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Age 8 - 12
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Jun 4 - Jun 8, 2023
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1,549
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999
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Jun 4 - Jun 8, 2023
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Jul 9 - Jul 13, 2023
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Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2023
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At a Glance

Everyone says that dogs are man’s best friend. But dogs can provide a lot more than just friendship and someone to play fetch with. They can also be a vital partner for adults and children with disabilities, mental illness or emotional stress. Discover the inspiring world of service and guide dogs with your grandchild as you meet these friendly and dedicated dogs and the friendly and dedicated people who train them. Visit Forget-Me-Not-Farm to see how farm animals offer therapeutic healing to at-risk kids, and learn some training techniques that you can use with your pets at home!
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking one-half mile; standing 30-45 minutes.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Find out how dog trainers are taught to train specialty dogs — then take home that knowledge to make an “A” student of your own pet.
  • Shop for toys at PetSmart to donate during your visit of the Sonoma Humane Society.
  • Get to know one of the most famous dogs in history and learn about comic strips and cartoons at The Charles M. Schulz Museum.

General Notes

This program is intended for children ages 8 to 12.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives
by Jane Miller
Written by the leading expert in an emerging new field of therapy, Healing Companions is the first book to detail how dogs are increasingly benefiting those who suffer from a range of emotional ills, from eating disorders and anxiety to agoraphobia, depression, and post-traumatic stress.
Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
by Michael Hingson
This gripping, survival story about a man who survived the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is heightened by the fact that the man, Michael Hingson, is blind and is aided by his guide dog Roselle in descending 78 stories on foot to reach safety.
Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog: 98 Essential Tips and Techniques
by Cesar Millan
Both inspirational and practical, A Short Guide to a Happy Dog draws on thousands of training encounters around the world to present 98 essential lessons. Taken together, they will help any owner apply the key aspects of Cesars celebrated philosophy to create the most fulfilling life possible with their dogs.
The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century
by Denise Flaim
The Holistic Dog Book addresses your whole dog and all the ways you can bring a more natural approach to your dog's care. Whether you're interested in essential oils, homeopathy, natural diets, herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage or emotionally satisfying training, you'll find what you need to make well-informed decisions about what's right for the both of you.
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Santa Rosa, California
D
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet meal featuring a variety of foods and beverage choices of milk, soft drink, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll introduce ourselves in a session we call Crossing Points. Discover what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Guide Dog School, Dog Training Lecture, Pet First Aid
Santa Rosa, California
B,L,D
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 55 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 1/2 mile; grass and paved areas. Standing up to 1 hour at a time.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, we’ll order a plated meal off of a select menu with a beverage choice of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: We’ll ride via motorcoach to Guide Dogs for the Blind, one of the leading guide dog schools in the country. With a docent, we’ll set out on a walking field trip to explore this unique school. We’ll learn how these highly trained dogs serve as a vital lifeline and friend for individuals who are blind or have low vision.

Lunch: At a popular Italian restaurant in Rohnert Park, we’ll have a buffet meal including house salad, pasta, pizza, breadsticks with dipping sauce, dessert and choice of soft drink, milk, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll then ride to The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers to learn how people are taught to train dogs. We’ll watch a dog training demonstration by the owner. We’ll observe the dogs jumping into the pool, like they do for competitions (Dock Diving). He will also talk about how they train dogs for search and rescue, K9, and agility courses.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At the hotel, we’ll be joined by a local expert and his canine partner for an interactive lecture on pet first aid.

DAY
3
Paws As Loving Support, Canine Companions for Independence
Santa Rosa, California
B,L,D
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 20 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 1/2 mile; flat, paved, grassy areas. Standing up to 1 hour at a time.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: In the meeting room, we’ll attend a lecture by a dog trainer on the training of K9 Units. These dogs are trained to sniff out dangerous or illegal items, such as bombs. Next, we’ll travel via motorcoach to the local a local pet store. We’ll select toys to donate to the Sonoma County Humane Society during our field trip tomorrow.

Lunch: In the hotel’s pool area, we’ll have a make-your-own sandwich platter with salad, chips, dessert and beverage choices of soft drink, lemonade, fruit punch, iced tea, water.

Afternoon: We will board the motorcoach and ride to Paws As Loving Support (PALS) Assistance Dogs and their handlers. PALS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the human/animal bond by providing specially trained Service, Facility, Social, Therapy, Reading, and Comfort PALS. We'll spend time with a handler and dog team and learn about the services they provide. We’ll use the books we brought from home to read to our PALS companions and experience the imprint PALS Reading Teams leave on the children they serve. Next, we'll set out on a walking field trip with a trained volunteer to explore the Canine Companions for Independence campus. Then, one of the CCI’s professional dog trainers will lead a quick demonstration of their training and teamwork with the dogs. The CCI provides highly trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. They train four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At the hotel, we’ll meet a Canine Companion Graduate and her service dog. Working together as a team since February 2012, the service dog has learned about 40 different commands to help her owner with daily activities. Together, they will demonstrate some of these commands. The owner will also talk about her experiences working with her service dog.

DAY
4
Sonoma Humane Society, Charles Schulz Museum
Santa Rosa, California
B,L,D
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 14 miles, less than 1/2 hour. Walking up to 1/2 mile; dirt and pavement. Standing up to 1 hour at a time.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll ride via motorcoach to the Sonoma Humane Society. We’ll spend time at the Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services holding, petting, and playing with the animals. With volunteers, we’ll set out to explore the farm and facilities and learn what a typical day in the Sonoma Humane Society veterinary hospital looks like. We'll donate the toys we selected from the pet store yesterday. The Sonoma Humane Society serves as one of the primary animal centers in Sonoma County. The center offers medical treatment, training, and adoption services for dozens of animals in a clean and modern facility. Next, we’ll ride to the Charles Schulz Museum.

Lunch: We’ll be given meal vouchers to use at the Warm Puppy Café.

Afternoon: We’ll set out on a walking field trip with a docent to explore the exhibits at the Charles Schulz Museum. We’ll learn about Schulz’s influence on the cartoon industry and about the development of the Peanuts comic strip. We'll then view a Charlie Brown or Charles Schulz themed film in the Museum Theater. Next, we’ll participate in a craft activity led by museum staff. We’ll return to the hotel with time to swim in the pool before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At the hotel, we’ll watch a family-friendly movie relevant to our program theme.

DAY
5
K-9 Unit Visit, Program Concludes
Santa Rosa, California
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m. Walking less than 1/2 mile; school yard; grass field.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll walk to a local school yard where we will meet a K9 Unit. We’ll learn from a Santa Rosa K-9 Officer how these dogs are specially trained to work with the police as a partner and a teammate. This concludes the program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.