The PACK

The PACK is a completely unique new social club for middle and high school students.  The PACK’s focus is on animal related community service and education.

The PACK meets for a different animal related activity every Friday evening.  These activities include educational classes, guest speakers, movie and game nights, event planning, and best of all, members of The PACK will be helping to raise and train Heeling House Assistance Dogs!

PACK members learn positive reinforcement dog training techniques as well as appropriate ways to handle the corresponding frustration that is inherent in training a dog. Our training sessions require teamwork, which helps to build stronger bonds between the group members. In addition, our members benefit from the training sessions by learning responsibility, patience, tolerance, fairness and the importance of goal setting.

Lessons the youths learn, by training the dogs, can be applied to the various challenges they face in their daily lives.  Members will learn critical skills that will help them in their interactions with people (and animals) in school, at home, and later on in the workplace.

Our core values are:

  • Peer assisted learning

  • Assistance Dog Training Program

  • Community Service

  • Kindness and respect

The PACK meets weekly for 1 hour each. Sessions start at 5:00 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. and membership fees are $15 per session.

20789 Great Falls Plaza #170, Sterling, VA 20165

(703)661-6610

mail@heelinghouse.org