Is your dog a friendly, well mannered, trained companion who loves getting attention?
Would you and your dog enjoy visiting patients in hospital, residents in retirement or convalescent facilities or participating in reading programs with children? Then, animal assisted therapy may be for you.
Volunteering your time and your loving dog to visit people going through tough times is incredibly rewarding. Your pet will bring smiles and comfort to those people you visit. Your own heart will also smile.
Pet Therapy Prep Class
Class Session: 3 hours
Prep Class will cover:
Overview on pet therapy
Overview on skills needed for the therapy test and therapy visits
Mock evaluations will be set up for your team
You will receive training tips and suggestions for any part of the behavior or obedience test needed to help you pass your evaluation
An overall evaluation as to your teams current potential in accomplishing your goal and next step strategies
Requirements for Prep Class
Any trained, socialized dog over the age of 6 months is welcome
Your dog must already know:
Walk on a loose lead
No aggression toward other pets or people allowed in class. Pets must be healthy, current on rabies vaccination and free from parasites.
Other species are welcome in this class. Please email me for species specific criteria.
Skills and Aptitude
The exercises set up by the various therapy organizations are designed to test the dog's overall behavior and temperament and allow the evaluator the opportunity to observe the team in situations a team may encounter on a pet visit. The test also help the evaluator screen the handler's ability to control their pet in various situations.
Please do not worry, this is NOT an obedience class and your team does not have to perform at competition obedience level. It is an opportunity to learn more about therapy service, fine tune your dog's public manners and obedience along with improving your handler skills to help prepare your team for your certification.