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
5 days
Starts at
1,099 / ADULT
749 / CHILD

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.
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.
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.

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