Humane Education

Promoting a safer environment for both humans and dogs by teaching better interspecies communication, decreasing behaviors that lead to neglect and abuse, bringing awareness to the needs of companion dogs, and instilling a sense of responsibility in our youth

The American Pit Bull Foundations Humane Education Program was created and implemented to supplement youth with life skills that are not popularly taught in the school system – compassionate, responsible care of animals.

Sixty-seven percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Most children will either grow up with a pet in the household, or have a pet as adults in their own home, though many are not provided any formal training on how to responsibly care for an animal.

We use therapy and humane education dogs to give learners a hands-on experience with compassionate care and responsible dog ownership. To help combat misleading stereotypes of pit bull type dogs, all of the dogs that we use in our Humane Education Program are pit bull type dogs. Our teaching philosophy involves instilling a sense of individualism to combat discrimination of canines and the students that we work with.

Pre-K through 3rd Grade – book reading, coloring books, q&a
4th grade through 8th grade – presentation, q&a
9th through 12th – High School Program (11 weeks) includes field trips to the shelter, hands-on dog training, interactive sessions

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Humane Education Program

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We design our presentation subject around the audience based on the request from the host and/or the age and time allotted of the group.

Popular Topics:

  • How Animals Help People
  • Disease and Prevention
  • Responsible Dog Ownership
  • Communication and Body Language
  • How to Greet a Dog
  • Backyard Breeding and Overpopulation


Your donations help cover learning and take-home supplies for children such as our educational APBF coloring books, How Kids Should Interact With Dogs booklets, field trip costs, etc.

Please consider making a donation to help us continue preparing young minds for a successful life with companion animals.