A curriculum inspired by the unconditional love of dogs, and grounded in child behavioral science

We believe in creating safe environments that nurture confidence and growth.

Promoting social and emotional wellness in a fun, nonjudgmental environment—our adaptable curriculum was developed by CIC founder, Danielle Graczyk, and behavior analyst Beth Child. It focuses on developing self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness, self-regulation, and demonstrating the dynamics of teamwork, and the value of clear communication and establishing healthy boundaries.

Customizable Group Courses

A typical group program runs weekly for 10–15 weeks and serves a maximum of 10 students paired with up to five dog therapy teams. Courses focus on teamwork and agility training to create a trusting environment, and sessions end with a student partner performance that instills confidence and accomplishment. A fully funded 10–week session is $4,000. Full and partial scholarships are available.

One-on-One Workshops

Starting with a referring specialist, we can arrange to be on-site for one-on-one therapy sessions specifically tailored for individual students. Sessions typically run 20–30 minutes once a week for as many weeks as your student needs, and can match training activities to academic goals or personal needs, such as relaxation techniques. The final week includes a classroom visit where students get to shine by introducing their dog, answering questions and showing their peers some tricks. Contact us for pricing.

Unleash Your Students’ Potential

Who we serve

We work with a wide range of students, including but not limited to young people with autism, emotional behavioral disorders, Down syndrome and traumatic brain injuries. We also work with youth affected by gang influence, youth experiencing housing instability, youth who have witnessed and experienced violence and sexually exploited youth.

Let us know your needs

It starts with a conversation about what your organization or school needs and how we can adapt our curriculum for your students’ challenges. If our program is a good fit, a CIC specialist will come to your facility to plan how we can implement a fresh way of encouraging growth and learning.

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Read up on our curriculum and evaluations

Get a more in-depth look into our curriculum and areas of focus. See how we measure student progress with pre- and post-session evaluations.

See our programs

“For two years our special needs program has enjoyed tremendous success working with Canine Inspired Change. Each week our students were eager to participate. They elevated their focus and concentration to achieve success and walked away stronger persons. It’s an excellent program for youth with special needs.”

Jonah Fields, Como Park High School