Therapy Dog Classes
Have you often thought about sharing the joy you feel when your are with your wonderful canine companion with others? Does your dog bring a smile to everyone's face that he encounters?
This program will help you and your canine partner prepare to do visits and activities. Dogs have a remarkable effect on humans based on a bond that has existed for thousands of years. Come and explore the many facets of being a team, including the skills needed to make every visit a safe and fulfilling experience. At the completion of the program, we will schedule evaluations.
- Your dog must be at least one year of age, friendly and sociable with people, and tolerant of the presence of other dogs.
- AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification is encouraged.
- If you do not have your CGC, you can be evaluated to ensure that you and your dog have comparable skills.
When you successfully register with your dog, your team can join our Community Partners group, Paws Cares, which can help you find meaningful volunteer opportunities that are well-suited to your team's skills and interests.
Pet Partners Handler Workshop
This six hour session is a handler-only workshop (no dogs) to help you learn the details of doing therapy dog visits and to help you prepare to be a dog therapy team. The workshop is interactive and gives you ample opportunity to ask questions about animal assisted activities. After attending the workshop you will be given a certificate of completion, which is a prerequisite for evaluation as a Pet Partner team, as Pet Partners requires that handlers complete a workshop or online course.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 9 am - 4 pm
Pet Partners Manual must be purchased on-line through the Pet Partners website store.
For more information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-281-7150
Skills Practice Scenarios for Therapy Dogs
This six-class session is an opportunity to brush up on your dog's skills for real therapy work and for the therapy dog evaluation. You will experience "visiting" with your dog through a variety of scenarios, including exposure to medical equipment, typical distractions, and common situations you may encounter. Currently registered working teams will participate and share their experience to give you firsthand insight into the wonders of the human-dog bond.
Thursday, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 2018 6 pm to 7 pm
$175/Handler if you have completed the Pet Partners Workshop at Paws 'N Effect on 3/3/18
For more information and to register email email@example.com or call 203- 281-7150.
So Now You're a Therapy Team Workshops
Are you a recently registered therapy team? Or have you been registered for a while, but you would like prepare for new kinds of therapy visits that may pose particular challenges and stressors for you and your dog? Or are you looking to prepare for a new visit location or style and you want to bolster your confidence? Then join us for one or both of these seminar-style workshops focused on preparing for therapy dog visits in challenging but meaningful locations.
To be announced.
10AM-12PM: Medical Environments Workshop
12:30-2:30PM: Educational Environments Workshop