Training my dog to be a therapy dog.
With a wife as Doctor in training and me doing Pastoral Services, it seems only fair that Tenzo (www.tenzo.org) should join us.

Anyone out there have experience with this?
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Training my dog to be a therapy dog. With a wife as Doctor in training and me doing Pastoral Services, it seems only fair that Tenzo (www.tenzo.org) should join us. Anyone out there have experience with this?

Hi ,
Rosie my Black Labrador is a P.A.T dog.(Pets As Therapy) Rosie became a P.A.T dog at 14 months old.
She is now four.
We visit a local children's hospice.
Rosie is a lovely calm dog so it is really nice.
I am very proud of her.
Pat.
I am very interested in becoming involved in therapy dog work. I have a
3 yr old catahoula who is so marvelous with people - how do I becomeinvolved in therapy dog work? "Crash" has completed 14 months of obedience training, and is well socialized with people and dogs of all sorts. Does he need to obtain a certification to visit nursing homes, hospitals, etc.? Thanks,
Tracy
EAT, SLEEP, DISC-DOG!
http://www.flyingk9s.com
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I am very interested in becoming involved in therapy dog work. I have a 3 yr old catahoula who is ... Does he need to obtain a certification to visit nursing homes, hospitals, etc.? Thanks, Tracy EAT, SLEEP, DISC-DOG! http://www.flyingk9s.com http://community.webtv.net/tracycuster/THECUSTERGRUBPAGE0

My suggestion is to hook up with a local group. That way, you will be covered by their insurance, and have lots of support.

Harlan and I just started with a local group (www.kcpetsforlife.com), and they had lots of evaluations and stuff, and I found it quite helpful. Now we do weekly visits (we just got back from Valentines Day doings).
The group I joined required that Harlan pass a temperment test, and I had to take a written test (but it was open-book) to make sure I had a good idea of how to do this.
Check out http://www.dog-play.com/therapy.html
I am very interested in becoming involved in therapy dog work. I have a 3 yr old catahoula who is ... people and dogs of all sorts. Does he need to obtain a certification to visit nursing homes, hospitals, etc.? Thanks,

Most nursing homes are really happy to have people visit with their dogs and don't require certification. I think most hospitals do, though, and some are allied with certain pet therapy groups and only allow dogs from those groups. Delta and TDI are the largest groups, I think. Many dog shows and other events have someone on the grounds to administer the CGC/TDI test and certify dogs; you may or may not need a specific appointment.
Mustang Sally
Anyone out there have experience with this?

Yes, lots of us here do therapy work with our dogs. I started a small local program and Diane Blackman has been active for many years. Check out her info and links at http://www.dog-play.com

Notice for those in the San Francisco area - Delta Society is doing a workshop in March, with dog evaluations in April. Info is at the website of the sponsor, Peninsula Humane Society.
Lynn K.
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I am very interested in becoming involved in therapy dog work. I have a 3 yr old catahoula who is ... with people and dogs of all sorts. Does he need to obtain a certification to visit nursing homes, hospitals, etc.?

It depends on where you live, I've found.
When I last enquired about it a few years ago in my previous state, there was no certificate required.
I just took my dogs with me, into my mom's assisted living center, when I visited or picked her up.
Naturally, a well behaved dog is necessary but it sounds like Crash already has manners good enough to do well in such an environment. Love that name, btw. Also, I think you may be the only one here that does disco-doggin', an event I love to see on tv. Nice webpage!
Terri
I've been doing therapy work for 2 years now. Some places will not 'require' certification but I'd get certified for the insurance. Accidents happen and you don't want to lose your house b/c someone tripped over your dog or some other thing.
We were certified with TDI. Basically the CGC test with some additions to mimic what could happen in a health care setting. For example, is the dog comfortable with wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, etc. Their website:
www.tdi-dog.org
Some great books on therapy dog work:
(skills needed, what to expect, ways to volunteer) "Wanted! Animal Volunteers" by Mary Birch
"Therapy Dogs training your dog to reach others" by Kathy Diamond Davis

This one has great info on the benefits of therapy in super detail: "Pets in Therapy" by Margaret Abdill and Denise Juuppe
Kristen and
Kali CDX, CGC, TDIA, TT
www.kristenandkali.com
As long as your dog is calm and friendly you are half way there. They have to be passed as a Therapy dog.
It includes making sure they are not spooked by sudden noises . You can handle your dog if there was a crisis where you were visiting. You have done obedience...so you know where you are at. When you pass you will pay a yearly fee.
That covers you with insurance...peace of mind.
Most placed will require the certificate.
Good luck.
Pat.
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