Safe Interactions with Dogs –

For the Love of Pits™ alumni dogs and their owners visit kindergarten through high school classes with dogs to provide education regarding how to safely interact with dogs, whether the dog is a part of their family or an unknown dog. The class and attendees learn how to safely approach a dog, what to do if they see an off-leash dog, basic canine communication and body language, and human behaviors that dogs do not generally enjoy.

Length of program:  We are flexible.  The younger the children, the shorter the presentation.  In many schools, we visit once a month or twice a semester.  Some educators ask for a 2-hour presentation.  It all depends on your needs and desires.

Training:  Each of the dogs has successfully passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test and most are registered therapy dogs. If you have a preference for certifications, please contact us to discuss.

If you are interested in having us visit your class, please contact us.

Humane Treatment and Education –

For the Love of Pits visits second grade through high school to discuss humane treatment of dogs, how to properly care for dogs and meet their needs, what it means to own a dog and the lifetime commitment.  This program is generally delivered in 5, 30-minute discussions with students.  Students enjoy sharing stories and, therefore, we can spread out the visits to promote maximum participation.  The younger the children, the shorter the discussions to keep their interest.

If you are interested in having us visit your class, please contact us.

Reading Program –

Make reading low stress and fun!  Watch children who are generally nervous to read aloud, open the book and read to one of our focused dogs without hesitation. It’s quite a sight to see.  There are many ways to structure this program.  The two most popular structures are as follows:

(1)     Participating schools create small groups of children sitting on the floor in a circle with the dogs in the center. Each child chooses a book to read and the children take turns reading for the allotted time to the dog(s).  If the children would like to physically interact with the dog(s), we have them sit side-by-side.  We encourage physical interactions since this helps put the children at ease – studies have shown that petting dogs lowers blood pressure and reduces stress.

(2)     Participating schools pair children who need help with their reading skills or those who are nervous to read aloud with the dog and his/her trainer.  The child reads to the dog for a set amount of time and is encouraged to physically interact with the dog.

Benefits of our Reading Programs

  • Petting dogs has been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
  • Children benefit from the patience, acceptance and comfort of the dog’s presence while getting much-needed practice with their reading skills in a non-judgmental environment.

If you are interested in having us visit your class, please contact us.


Breed-Specific Legislation Presentations –

For many years, For the Love of Pits has visited local college and law school campuses to discuss Ohio’s breed-specific legislation, recent case law and issues facing owners of targeted breeds.  The presentation includes a power point presentation, an explanation of breed-specific legislation, how the legislation is generally enforced, the effectiveness of legislation, how the legislation affects Ohio residents and their dogs, etc.

In the past, we have been asked to speak for 1.5- 2 hours; however, we are flexible and can structure our presentation to meet the needs of each specific educator.

If you are interested in having us visit your class, please contact us.