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For current therapy dog handlers and those who are seriously considering doing therapy with their dog.

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The Three Main Therapy Dog Organizations!

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Question ... does a Therapy Dog....

Started by Joann Valerio. Last reply by Melissa on Tuesday. 7 Replies

Therapy Dog Training

Started by Diane, Hurley and Sidney. Last reply by Lucy & AnnaBelle's Mom Feb 26. 4 Replies

Orange County therapy dog

Started by Hailey and Charlie. Last reply by Helen & Kirby Jul 28, 2016. 5 Replies

Loki has been a busy bee!

Started by Jessica, Loki and Moose. Last reply by Roslyn and Nana Feb 22, 2016. 7 Replies

Molly is a BAK PAK dog!

Started by Texas Doodle Mom and Molly Rose. Last reply by Jessica, Loki and Moose Feb 11, 2016. 8 Replies

Recommended Books for Therapy Teams

Started by Cheryl and Finnegan. Last reply by Cheryl and Finnegan Sep 25, 2015. 2 Replies

Advice/tips for a newbie?

Started by Jessica, Loki and Moose. Last reply by Jessica, Loki and Moose Sep 12, 2015. 41 Replies

Cooper spooked on a visit

Started by Linda Yingling. Last reply by Linda Yingling Jun 24, 2015. 8 Replies

Kids and Emotions

Started by Jessica, Loki and Moose. Last reply by Jessica, Loki and Moose Jun 23, 2015. 4 Replies

Gavin has been busy at the College

Started by BG and Gavin. Last reply by BG and Gavin Mar 27, 2015. 11 Replies

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Comment by Diane, Hurley and Sidney on April 14, 2017 at 1:42pm

Hurley and I are working on our 50 hours.  We go to an assisted living facility one day a week and next we will be adding a Memory Care at a different assisted living facility..

Seeing the smiles on people's faces is so rewarding.   Going to the various facilities seeing residence in various stages of neurological disorders is helping me to prepare for the more advanced stages my husband will be experiencing.  I hope that when he is in a facility there will be other therapy dogs visiting him along with the times I will be taking Hurley.  Giving back is not just about giving back for those we love but for those that need a touch, a nuzzle, a lick, a chance to pet a dog to brighten their day and chance for the handle to give joy to others with a kind word and a smile.  

Comment by Janet & Jaxson on April 14, 2017 at 12:16pm

Congratulations!  Jaxson and I visit a senior daycare center here in Hawaii and it is very rewarding.

Comment by BG and Gavin on April 14, 2017 at 4:19am

Congrats Huley and Diane. Looking mighty handsome in your new vest Buddy. 

Comment by Linda, Charlie Brown & Beau on April 13, 2017 at 5:23pm

Congrats Diane & Hurley!

Comment by F, Calla & Luca on April 13, 2017 at 4:38pm
Congratulations.
Comment by Diane, Hurley and Sidney on April 13, 2017 at 4:25pm

Hurley now has his official Therapy Dog vest.  Yea!!!

Comment by Diane, Hurley and Sidney on March 17, 2017 at 9:31am

Hurley, the chocolate ALD in the picture, had his first therapy dog visit yesterday.  How exciting for us both.  We went with Hurley's Therapy Dog trainer and his lovely, Sophie.   Hurley is basically in his internship as a therapy dog.  He did great!

A little background.   Hurley is 5 years old and the 4-legged love of my life.  I had always wanted him to be a therapy dog.  But because he has always been a bit shy (but very gentle) two different trainers said he would never become a therapy dog.  So I waited until he turned 5 and by accident met a Therapy Dog trainer that is amazing.  It didn't take more than a few weeks before Hurley and I were ready to take the CGC test which Hurley passed first time out.  Yea.   

I am a caregiver to my husband and I volunteer at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health located here in Las Vegas, Nv. facilitating the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Course.   So I am very familiar with caregiving demands through my own experiences with my husband and prior with my mother.  

Sidney, the black pup, recently joined our family.  When he is older I plan to engage Sidney in therapy dog training and visits. He is a character.

Comment by Jessica, Loki and Moose on May 12, 2016 at 6:54pm
Sorry I'm a little late to the party on this one but I know for ATD a vet just needs to sign off that they are healthy to work. In addition, the need the usual fecal shots and annually exam but there are no restrictions as to medications. I just had Loki's visit for his re certification on Wednesday so I hope this helps you! So sorry you had a bad experience :(
Comment by Heidi Nelson on April 15, 2016 at 6:59am

I don't believe Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Inc) has those requirements as well.  Just that you follow your vets protocol, neg fecal and up to date on rabies.

Comment by Lucy & AnnaBelle's Mom on April 15, 2016 at 6:00am

They said because of the people in the hospitals with suppressed immune systems they didn't want to risk them getting sick or the dogs getting something from the locations they visited.  I thought at least she could do a library or courthouse.  I haven't looked at TDI yet to see if they are in my area but I will.

 

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