Georgia Granger, Founder and Director of Caring Canines
Georgia Granger, our founder, started Caring Canines, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in July of 2017. Caring Canines is the latest chapter in her continuing mission to help people.
Georgia founded her first AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) organization in Tennessee in 1986 She developed and built Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), a sprawling organization through which certified animal-assisted therapy dogs worked with professional therapists on treatment protocols that addressed challenges as varied as head trauma, elder issues and autism.
Georgia founded Human Animal Bond In Colorado (HABIC) in 1993. She grew that organization to over 150 trained and supervised human animal teams participating in over 60 separate programs touching the lives of many including students, counselors, social workers, and teachers.
Her experience providing therapy dog services to schools, extended care facilities, correctional facilities, colleges for stress relief, and other clients for their specific needs is the foundation on which Caring Canines is built.
Our Human - Animal Teams
Over the past 40 years our founder Georgia Granger has developed comprehensive thorough processes to ensure volunteers and their animals are well-trained. Caring Canine’s training and behavioral analysis program was designed through the adoption of these processes to assure consistency and safety.
All volunteers and their animals must attend a seven-week training course given by a dog trainer experienced in AAT (Animal assisted Therapy). They must pass a rigorous test given by the dog trainer and observed by the president/founder to assure the safety and efficacy of all programs. Animals (consisting only of canines) are evaluated through a series of tests performed by our veterinarian to assure their behavior will lead to success, and will be absolutely safe. All procedures, training, tests, agreements with clients, and progress reports are supported with documentation. The candidate teams that pass all of these training and behavioral tests are well equipped to help people.
This is the third AAT organization our CEO/President has founded. Her track record of directing AAT organizations has been remarkable. The procedures, training, and screening she has instituted as director of these organizations over the past 40 years have prevented any safety problems from occurring in any of her organizations.
If your dog thinks you’re the greatest person in the world, don’t seek a second opinion. – Jim Fiebig, American author
I can train any dog in five minutes. It’s training the owner that takes longer. – Barbara Woodhouse, No Bad Dogs
Animal- Assisted Therapy (AAT)
The program we use within Caring Canines is Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). Human animal Teams, the owner and the animal attend obedience training to suit the needs of the individuals. Those students that work with us are referred to us by psychologists, social workers, counselors or special-ed teachers within each school.
We design the program we use. The technique we use is designed to improve each individual’s need. These are physical, emotional, asocial and cognitive needs.
Platte Valley – Colorado Youth Correctional Center: We work with incarcerated children, 11-21 years of age. Individual sessions with the counselor and human animal team provide time to express feelings and learn how to work appropriately with the dog which then transfers to humans. Sharing different perspectives to life which they haven’t learned through their childhood helps them feel differently about their life. And hopefully helps them change their outlook (toward their life’s goals), changing their lives to be more positive in feelings and understanding.
The bond between humans and animals is enjoyed by all ages and in all situations because it is unconditional and can help those with social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs. It is also available through the therapeutic use of trained companion animals. With this (in -mind), Caring Canines was established in 2017 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is through the passion of our volunteers and their canines that we can improve the lives of “those in need” with whom we work. It is our dogs that enable us to work with a variety of populations. Our dogs help them have self-confidence, a respect for people and animals, and a desire to live a more positive and useful life.
Caring Canines has begun its existence with helping children in public schools and incarcerated youth at a Youth Correctional Center. Our goal is to “help people”, to improve their lives, thoughts and doings in a more positive manner.
Caring Canine dogs enable “those in need” to trust, to relax and express their feelings, and learn appropriate behavior working with animals which then transfers to humans.
Dogs are such agreeable friends; they ask no questions, pass no criticisms.
There’s no sense doing a lot of barking if you don’t have anything to say. – Snoopy
Volunteering is extremely rewarding. You will intereact with experts in their fields and will build lasting friendships with them and with your students. You never know when one of your past students will be thrilled to see you in the grocery store or restauarant or anywhere, and want to catch you up on their lives. A side benefit is that the intensive training program will increase the bond between you and your dog. We volunteers share stories with each other about how our dogs get excited when we put our ID scarves on our dogs and tell them “go to work” to help people. Click on the “Contact” button below if you are interested.
Please contact us if you would like more information about how our dogs can help your students, or if you wish to enter a training program to become a volunteer.