The Taking the Lead Canine Assisted Therapy Program at école Au-cœur-de-l’île holds an annual Paw Prints Fund Raiser. The funds raised are donated to a special fund at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital. This fund is used to spay and neuter pets that belong to families that cannot otherwise afford to do so. Details about the program and the 2015 Paw Prints fund raiser can be viewed at the following link.


The Taking the Lead Canine Assisted Therapy program was developed for elementary school children by K9 Kind Dog Training & Behavior Consulting to teach and practice leadership qualities as well as crucial societal values: respect, compassion, reliability, generosity and patience. The theory behind combining Canine Assisted Therapy and lesson plans focused on teaching societal values, is to heal and improve mental health in children through their experiences with dogs. Combining these two concepts is an innovative approach to improve the lives of children experiencing various forms of behavioral issues. We believe the program benefits these children in many ways, including improved self-esteem, leadership and social skills. The specific individualized goals and objectives designed for the program are intended to teach the children not only the societal values but also the benefits of positive behavior and community involvement.  

The Paw Prints Fund Raiser is an excellent experience for the children to learn and participate in the community. K9 Kind would like to thank the following people and businesses for their contributions towards our fund raiser:

Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, The Comox Valley Record, Jeanne Landry, Mary-Gail-Dillon, Ruth Baldrin, Teresa Knight, Barb Simpson, Common Ground Cafe, Sharon Snider Photography, Woofy's, Bosleys, Go Dog Go Dog Training, Dodge City Grooming, Coastal Black Winery, Rattan Plus, the Comox Centre Mall, Quality Foods, and Thrifty's. Your support is greatly appreciated and will help children learn valuable life lessons and help many people and dogs in the Comox Valley.