July 22, 2022 | Leave a Comment
After a hiatus, we are excited to announce that the Bark and Heal Program will be returning! Due to Covid restrictions, the program was put on hold for the safety of its participants. Following the program’s continuation this year, more children and canines will benefit from the services of Bark and Heal.
Bark and Heal allows children from Alexander Youth Network to train rescued dogs. With the help and supervision of staff and volunteers, the program has served 17 children and over 50 dogs since its start in 2018. This rehabilitation and training program runs 6 to 8 weeks, 3 times a week, and is based on the Canine Good Citizen Skills. The program works with children from Alexander’s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Charlotte and Day Treatment centers around North Carolina.
As part of a therapeutic treatment plan, Bark and Heal is beneficial for the dogs preparing for adoption and assisting children with building confidence and self-esteem through dedicated responsibilities. Youth participants with mental and behavioral struggles are also able to improve valuable life skills such as communication, empathy, and leadership. Canine participants learn necessary commands such as sit, stay, and heal prior to placement in a forever home.
The program is seeking a new partner to provide rescue dogs in need of training. If you are interested, please contact Lori Douglas, the Bark and Heal Program director, at LDouglas@alexanderyouthnetwork.org or at 704.401.3489.