Early Childhood & Elementary Programs

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Tail Waggin' Tales

Age 0-5, 30 Minutes

Join dog trainer Stephanie Peters and the Plucky Paws Therapy Dogs for an early childhood story time!  Tail Waggin’ Tales is a highly interactive program developed especially for the very youngest animal lovers and their grown-ups.  Children age 0-5 are introduced to the basics of dog body language, gentle animal interaction, and pet care.  Kids meet Marmalade or Butterscotch, participate in fun humane education activities, and read a dog-themed story together.  Get ready to clap your hands and wag your tail!


Preschool Pups

Age 3-5, 30 Minutes

The Preschool Pups program is far more comprehensive than a standard bite prevention presentation.  Over the course of four lessons, preschoolers engage in arts-based prosocial activities to learn about dog body language and discover what it takes to provide responsible, loving care for a pet.  The developmentally appropriate Preschool Pups curriculum draws from fundamental early learning topics to give very young children the basic tools they need to interact with dogs safely, respectfully, and joyfully.

Plucky Paws is proud to receive an Arts in Education Grant from the ACAC in support of the Preschool Pups program.  Additional fall 2017 funding is provided by The Dog Spot in Ankeny and Ames Pet Hospital.  Special thanks to contributing animal lovers Karen Backstrom and Melinda Altman.


Canine Superstars Club

Age 5-12, 45 Minutes-1 Hour

The Canine Superstars curriculum uses the arts to foster self-awareness, compassion for peers, and kindness to animals.  Children participate in experiential activities to explore canine behavior and body language, positive reinforcement training, and companion animal welfare.  Children demonstrate the skills they need to interact confidently and safely with dogs in their community, and gain the knowledge required to responsibly care for pets at home. The curriculum incorporates elements of the Iowa Core, character education, and service learning to benefit adoptable pets.

Thanks to a Jean M. Walker grant awarded by The Miccio Foundation, Plucky Paws is bringing the full nine-week Canine Superstars Club program to three classrooms in the city of Boone during fall 2017!