What is a Therapy Animal? IT IS NOT A SERVICE DOG.
Temperament and sociability are the most important factors facilties are looking for in a therapy animal.
They want an animal that is self-assured and confident, without being aggressive: an animal that has been well socialized and exposed to many types of situations, people and animals. An animal who is friendly and who really likes people is a promising
The animal must be well-behaved.
No jumping, running around,
barking, or licking people uncontrollably
and must always be under the handler's
precise control. In addition, a therapy
animal must be comfortable working
around people who are bedridden or in
wheelchairs; they must be able to deal with
the excited squealing and grabbing of small
children, the beeping and alarms of medical
equipment, and the unpredictability of patient
or parent reactions. In addition to all of this,
these wonderful animals must enjoy their work.
Why do we take animals to visit once they have passed required testing and Certification through an established Organization?
We want to share our animals with other people - especially those who are more vulnerable, lonely, or in pain. Working with the people we visit is rewarding and fun. It is wonderful to see the affection between the patients and the dogs.
What do therapy animals actually do?
Therapy dog activities vary from simply snuggling a patient and offering a warm furry body for petting, to more advanced skills such as walking with walkers, playing catch, fetching, doing obstacle courses with patients, etc. All of these activities are designed to:
A. Promote a feeling of well-being
B. Decrease physiological phenomena such as blood pressure, depression, heart rate, etc.
C. Raise self-esteem
D. Encourage communication
E. Provide unconditional love and acceptance.
A THERAPY DOG IS NOT A SERVICE DOG.
What is a Canine Good Citizen ?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program, established in 1989, is an American Kennel Club program to promote responsible dog ownership and to encourage the training of well-mannered dogs. A dog and handler team must take a short behavioral evaluation of less than half an hour; dogs who pass the evaluation earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate, which many people represent after the dog's name, abbreviating it as CGC; for example, "Fido, CGC".
The evaluation consists of ten objectives. All items must be completed satisfactorily or the team will not pass. Test items include:
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preparation for CGC Title and Therapy Dog for Pet Partners
Accepting a friendly stranger.
Sitting politely for petting.
Walking on a loose lead. Walking through a crowd.
Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place.
Coming when called
Reacting appropriately to another dog.
Reacting appropriately to distractions.
Calmly enduring supervised separation from the owner.