Older dogs usually make the best therapy animals, as they are less excitable and know basic obedience. But I can start working with my puppy early to prepare for a future as a therapy dog.
Dogs can be very therapeutic, especially during sad or lonely times. A dog is a friend that will always be there to cheer you up :)
Please help me get one step closer so I can train my little pup. WHERE do therapy dogs go you ask?
"¢ A therapy dog and his/her owner visit hospitals, senior centers, assisted living, libraries and
hospice. Some also are invited to private counseling sessions with professional mental
"¢ Some visits are with groups and some with individuals.
"¢ Some owners and their dogs get together with other therapy dog teams and visit together.
"¢ Some facilities require formal orientations for owners of therapy dogs so that they are more
comfortable and confident during their visits and learn what to say and what not to say, and
how to handle various situations that may come up during their visits.
"¢ Certified therapy dogs must carry ID with them on visits and be bathed and well groomed
before all visits.
Many people know it's takes a lot of patience and time to train a therapy dog, but it is very much worth it. If you'd like to learn a tiny bit more about the therapy dog requirements it starts with Canine Good Citizen
What is it?
The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from whoever desired.
Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other activities. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life.
I sincerely know that CGC will be only a beginning for me and my dog and that after passing the CGC test, I'll continue training in obedience, as a therapy dog, and/or other events.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program is one of the most rapidly growing programs. There are many exciting applications of this wonderful, entry level that go beyond the testing and certifying of dogs.
Therapy dog visits can"¦
take place at such as retirement communities, nursing homes, hospitals, treatment or rehabilitation centers, and children's care facilities, as well as other diverse settings where people may benefit from the soothing effect of animals.
Don't underestimate the joy that a dog can bring to the lives of others. Imagine if you never got to see or cuddle a dog, how happy you would be to meet a volunteer who is sharing his or her friendly dog with you for a while.
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Canine good citizen..
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.
I can begin working on basic obedience and socialization at home. Positive reinforcement training is a great way to work on basic commands.
Work on the "look" command so I'll be able to keep my dog's attention on me in any situation. This will come in handy when I am teaching my dog to remain calm when she interacts with strangers or other dogs.
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Therapy dogs are not legally defined by federal law, but some states have laws defining therapy dogs. They provide people with contact to animals, but are not limited to working with people who have disabilities. They are usually the personal pets of their handlers, and work with their handlers to provide services to others. Federal laws have no provisions for people to be accompanied by therapy animals in places of public accommodation that have "no pets" policies. Therapy animals are different from service animals.
Help bring about another dimension of healthcare :)
Animal-assisted therapy applies one of the strongest benefits of the human-animal bond -the power to heal. Help provide positive interactions that enhance lives of families.
Making a difference makes a supporter feel good, because they know they did something worthwhile.
I remember back when I was so young I didn't know how to care for myself, but my grandma did. She loved to care for my sister, my brother and I. Fast foward a couple years and she has alzheimer's disease. She can't really care for herself and it's my turn to take care of her. Since she's been in the nursing home my sister and I have been the only ones who have gone to see her. I want to make her feel at home... please help us :(
If you don't already know me I live in New york. Last winter my grandma lost her house because she could no longer live by herself and she had to go into a nursing home. I want to make her feel more at home in that place. It is nice, but it's still lacking love. I am planning on adopting a dog in the next year or so and i am saving every last penny I have so that i am prepared for the expenses this dog will have. In the mean time, I want to start raising money so that once I adopt my dog, I can pay for her classes to become a certified canine good citizen.There are many classes she needs to take (which include basic obedience training and the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program) before even considering taking the test. I've been doing research for a long time now and I have many books on how to train therapy dogs also. This is so important to me because not only could the dog put a smile on my grandmas face, but also everyone in the home. I also would like to go to other nursing homes on long island and other places that would benefit from therapy dogs.Please help me save so I can start my dream, and I can tell you our happy ending.