Human Animal Solutions


Our calendar features events from Ann Howie and others that we respect and recommend in the field.

April 11 - May 16 7:30 pm

Therapy Dog 1 Class Lacey, WA

This six-session class focuses on basic skills dogs and handlers need to work well together as a team while visiting healthcare and other facilities and to pass various therapy dog tests.  This class does not include a therapy dog evaluation.  Only positively based training methods are used in this class.   Skills we cover include:  fostering a relationship with your dog that enhances your visiting effectiveness; applying basic obedience skills in a therapeutic environment; and meeting other dogs appropriately.

Prerequisites:  Dogs must know how to walk on a loose leash and stay in a quiet stand, sit, or lie down before taking this class.  Dogs must be at least 1 year old.  Aggressive or reactive dogs are not appropriate for therapy dog work.

Cost:  $165 per team; includes detailed class notes e-mailed to you and a copy of the new book, Teaming With Your Therapy DogRegistration deadline is April 1!

The next Therapy Dog 1 class is held on Mondays beginning on April 11, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.   The last day of class is Monday, May 16.  Click here for a Beginning Therapy Dog Flier and a Registration Form.  Please e-mail me at to ask questions.

April 30

The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs Redding, CA

This seminar offers participants the opportunity to explore and deepen our relationship with our oldest and most-special companions, our dogs.  Your dog would not want you to miss this event! Hosted by Therapy Animals of Redding (California).

Click here for a Flier and Registration Form.

July 11-13, 2016

IAHAIO Conference Paris, France

Ann will give a one-hour workshop on the Therapy Animal’s Bill of Rights and a short presentation on scenario-based evaluations at the International Association for Human-Animal Interactions Organizations (IAHAIO) in Paris, France.  Please join her!  For more information, view the IAHAIO website.

Oct. 26, 27

SPEAK! Conference Minneapolis, MN

Ann joins Jonathon Balcombe, Zoe Weil, Lisa Spector, and Joshua Leeds to explore the ways that animal intelligence affect us personally and professionally in the field of human-animal interactions.  More information is forthcoming.

This conference is held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, MN.


Directions to Therapy Dog Classes

We have moved!  Therapy dog training classes are held at the Canine Co-Op, now located at 8410 30th Ave. NE, Suite A, Lacey, WA.  Here are directions:

From I-5, take Exit 111 (Yelm, Marvin Road, WA 510 E)

If you were going north on I-5, turn left on Marvin Road.  (This involves going straight ahead on the exit ramp rather than bearing right at the Y.)  If you were going south on I-5, turn right on Marvin Road.

Go past the Mayan Restaurant on your right.  Go to the second roundabout and turn right on Willamette Road.

Take the first Left on Hogum Bay Road.

Turn Right on 30th Ave. NE.  You will see a gray concrete building on the corner with a bright blue roof as a landmark.

Turn Left into the second parking lot (at 8410).  You may park in the lot or on the street.

When you come to class, please do not use the nice landscaped areas as doggie toilets. In addition to keeping our landlord happy, we would like to use these areas for outdoor training space. You can go across the street (avoid the corner business as they have a guard dog on duty 24/7) or towards the undeveloped area across the parking lot. As always, please clean up after your dog.

Pet Partners Events

Due to changes within the Pet Partners program, Human-Animal Solutions is no longer providing Pet Partners classes or evaluations.


Applications of Animal-Assisted Interactions and/or Animal Partners in AAIs

Ann Howie teaches in the on-line Animals and Human Health Certificate through the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver (Colorado, USA).

Contact us to schedule a course or evaluation to meet your needs.

Graduating Class of June 2010