Humane Education and the Animal Connection

by Mindy Kaleta on May 2, 2013


Roc, the pup from Puppy Scents
Shelter picture at 10 weeks of age

Humane Education

and the

Animal Learning Connection


It’s a well known fact that animals can engage kids and capture their attention like nothing else!  Bring a puppy into a room full of school children and there will be lots of “ooooohhs” and “awwwwws”!  And when kids are excited about something, they tend to absorb the information more fully, learn it more quickly and to implement the lessons into their lives.

What better way to teach life lessons to our children than by using the “Animal Connection”.  Animals are such amazing creatures and help to teach “virtue-based lessons” that the kids will remember for years to come.

Teaching your own “animal connection” at Home

Parents have a distinct advantage as their children interact with their own pets, to teach:

  • responsibility
  • empathy
  • compassion

Other benefits are that the kids learn:

  • social skills and communication
  • to share time, toys, space in the home
  • to take turns between time for them vs time for their pets
  • good manners for both kids and pups for living in a family setting
  • understanding and respect for another point of view (of their other family members & their pet)

Dealing with these situations on a daily basis tends to boost a child’s level of self-confidence and encourages empathy not only towards their pets, but creates an attitude of respect for adults and peers as well making it easier to deal with issues in the school setting and with life in general.

Learning about life with dogs, kids see things from the puppy’s perspective and begin to realize that life is about many different points of view.  We don’t all have to agree with one another, but be willing to listen, understand and find a way to help meet everyone’s needs.

Puppy Scents and Humane Education

Puppy Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care is brimming with life and virtue-based lessons for kids.  They are:

  • Responsibility, in the care, feeding, health, physical-mental-emotional needs of their pup
  • Respect,  for your dog’s point of view and his natural instincts
  • Fairness, in not expecting him to know what hasn’t been taught and expecting only what is within his ability to understand
  • Integrity, to be a good leader and to be worthy of your dog’s respect
  • Honesty, with yourself and your dog that you can be trusted and will come through for him every time
  • Compassion, for another living being, making sure he knows that he is wanted, loved and that you will do him no harm.

May is “Be Kind to Animals Month”!

If you already have a pup and are looking for ways to implement some character  and humane education in your home, stay tuned!  During this month of May, we will be talking about some easy to implement, on-the-go tips to help kids absorb and learn this combined philosophy of teaching character and humane education using the “Animal Connection”.

For those of you who do not have a pup, but are thinking about adopting a dog into your family circle, here’s a few ways to help you decide whether a dog is the best pet for you. 

  • Volunteer to walk dogs at your local animal shelter
  • Visit a dog park, see if you and your children enjoy being around dogs
  • Offer to pet sit a friend’s dog to see if you would like having a dog in your home
  • Do some research online to find the right type, breed, size, activity level, shedding tendency, etc that fits with your family expectations

If a dog is not for you…maybe another type of animal is a better fit for your family; such as, a cat, hamster, guinea pig, or fish (what I like to call “wet pets!”).  Find what works for you!

Of course,  it’s not necessary to have a pet of your own, just reading about animals, being around animals, or visiting your local zoo, etc, is very beneficial to your child’s character development and well worth the effort of “creating friendships between kids & animals to enrich the lives of both”.

Now, while Roc would rather that you adopt a dog, he just wants to bring kids and animals together.  He knows how much it means to the kids and the animals when they have someone to love and care about.


Little girl hugging puppy


Compassionate Kids Make Compassionate Adults!


We will be discussing “Be Kind to Animals” this month on facebook and Twitter too! Come join us and share what your family has planned for

“Be Kind to Animals Month!”

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