In addition to providing healing on an emotional and psychological level, our courses provide valuable vocational skills in dog walking and dog training, for individuals in vulnerable populations who are working toward reentering the workforce.

Miracle Mutts adult course offerings

  • Life Skills Through Dog Handling/ 6 Weeks
  • Moving Forward with Dogs: 12 Steps at a Time/ 12 Weeks
  • Service Dogs: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, But Didn’t Know Who to Ask/ 1 hour presentation
  • Empowering the Dog Guardian Within: Harness the Potential of the Human-Canine Bond to Bring Out the Best in Your Dog, Yourself, & Others/ 1.5 hour interactive seminar

Life Skills Through Dog Handling: 7 Weeks
All of our dog-handling instruction focuses heavily on the reciprocal benefits of the human-canine connection. When people provide the guidance and leadership on which dogs thrive, a positive feedback loop empowers both people and dogs to do and be their best. The life skills course covers topics such as “Taking Walks -- with Dogs -- to a Whole New Level”, “Freedom & Responsibility”, “How Dogs Make Leaders of Us”, “How Energy & Intention Affect Behavior”, and “Building Intrinsic Motivation”.

Best suited for: Vulnerable adult populations, such as those affected by substance abuse or domestic violence.

* We request a donation to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue (specifically to the MIRACLE MUTTS program) in the amount of $350 for this 7-week class.

Moving Forward with Dogs: 12 Steps At A Time

13 Weeks: This innovative and therapeutic course integrates dog handling and dog training with 12 Step addiction recovery work. Volunteers bring Miracle Mutts therapy dogs in to work with members of drug and alcohol recovery groups. We discuss themes that connect a specific Step # with dogs and the human-canine bond, showing participants how much healing power can be gleaned from working with, and walking with, dogs. As a means by which to bring a tangible, physical aspect to the otherwise abstract emotional process of Step work, participants take pack walks, and learn basic positive reinforcement dog training techniques. The class is uplifting and engaging, as relationships form between dogs and individuals in recovery; all parties are transformed in significant and beautiful ways.

Best suited for: Addiction recovery groups, in live-in residences or outpatient recovery centers, 12-Step meetings or conferences (can be condensed into a 1.5 hour seminar upon request).

* We request a donation to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue (specifically to the MIRACLE MUTTS program) in the amount of $450 for this 13-week class.

Empowering the Dog Guardian Within: Harness the Potential of the Human-Canine Bond to Bring Out the Best in Your Dog, Yourself and Others : 1.5 hour seminar

Dogs and humans have coevolved for many thousands of years, cultivating a mutually beneficial partnership rooted in emotional honesty. Examining our dogs' behavior as an extension of our own leads to a deepened state of self-awareness; it calls on us to be accountable, humble, and responsible if our aim is to provide effective leadership to our dogs -- as well as to our children, students, staff, clients and employees. 

 In this seminar, we will explore the human-canine dynamic that sets both people and dogs up for success.  Working hands-on with therapy dogs from Marley's Mutts’ “Miracle Mutts” program, participants will gain insight into how a few fundamental dog training principles can enhance performance in many areas of life and work.

Best suited for: Leadership training, Life skills, Life Coaching, or other types of corporate/professional, academic, human services, animal behavior, or community-oriented workshops or conferences

* We request a donation to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue (specifically to the MIRACLE MUTTS program) in the amount of $250 for this seminar.

Service Dogs: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, But Didn’t Know Who to Ask: 1 hour presentation + Q & A

This class is for anyone who wants to learn more about service dogs, but is especially designed for you, business owners and managers of public establishments, who’ve questioned your (and your customers’) legal rights when dealing with service dogs coming into your place of business. You’ll learn to distinguish between service, therapy, and emotional support dogs, what legally defines a service dog, and where service dogs are and are not allowed in public. You’ll learn about the “fake service dog” epidemic, how to spot a “fake”, what you are and are not allowed to ask a service dog handler, and how to ensure you and your staff/employees are prepared to handle any questionable situations that involve service dogs in your place of business.

Best suited for: Business owners or managers of public establishments

If you are interested in scheduling a class or seminar:

The first thing you’ll need to do is fill out the interest form below. Once we receive it, we will get back to you to schedule a start date and class schedule, and discuss any other necessary details.

We appreciate your support!

We suggest donations in the amount of $350 per 6-week class, and $500 per 12-week class. However, we gratefully accept donations in any amount that makes sense for your school, business or organization. We are also willing to travel if related expenses can be covered. Donations to Marley's Mutts (specifically, to “Miracle Mutts Program”) are tax deductible, and help us achieve our goal of educating, inspiring, and empowering residents of all ages Kern County.

If you are interested in scheduling a class or seminar

The first thing you’ll need to do is fill out the interest form here: https://www.marleysmutts.org/adult-education/.

Once we receive it, we will get back to you to schedule a start date and class schedule, and discuss other details.

* We request a donation to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue (specifically to the MIRACLE MUTTS program) in the amount of $150 for this presentation.

Additional Information!

  • Classes may be longer or shorter depending on the number of students participating.
  • Contact us with any additional questions: miraclemutts@marleysmutts.com

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