• Schools

  • Libraries

  • Adult Learning Programs

  • Private in home tutoring

  • Educational Therapy programs

  • After school and youth programs

  • Turn pages of a book

  • Pickup/Carry Objects

  • Reciprocal affection and communication with another living being

  • Disruption of monotony

  • Non Judgemental learning atmosphere

Therapy Dog II

Therapy Dog II programs focus mainly on educational and occupational Therapies for children and adult clients.  

Interactions between Therapy teams and patients are usually with one - on - one or groups less than three.

Therapy II Team partner with organized city and community recreation programs, adult and child day care centers, and after school programs, in school programs and libraries. Tutoring and private education assistance can be offered through this program

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 Research has shown an autistic students can use the dog to help understand this emotion when they have succeeded at a certain lesson.  Therapy Dog II  can also help Autistic students with sensory processing disorders and improve reading skill sets with complete sentences and pronouns, sometimes difficult for autistics students to grasp.

What is R.E.A.D.TM?

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs® program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog.  But not just any dog.  R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their handler as a team, going to schools, libraries, and many other settings as reading companions for children.

Intermountain Therapy Animals, launched R.E.A.D. in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the idea of reading to dogs, and the program has been spreading rapidly ever since!

Required Reading for Therapy Ii:

"Both Ends of The Leash" by Patricia B. McConnel

Read and download the following study article:

"Canine visits and the effect of Canine Therapy in Education."

A THERAPY II DOG IS....

Alert, interactive and friendly. Approaches everyone with an open mind and doesn't flinch around busy crowds. Has a long attention span and can be still for extended periods of time

Steps to becoming a

Therapy Dog II Team....

  1. CGC or Kennel Club Equivalent

  2. 10 week Training Program

  3. Public Access Certification

  4. Registration with ITP

  5. Handler education and certification

UKC's Obedience Title and testing

10 week Training Program  

We will have a 2 hour "Introduction To Therapy Dog II Work"  will cover:

 

THE "TEAM" - your responsibilities as a volunteer/your duties as your dog's advocate
THE PLACE - choosing which facilities would be best for your TEAM/what to do and who to see once you get there.
THE PEOPLE - Preparing for and executing a good therapy session, reading when to end a session.

                          determine the needs of your students, patients and their educators/therapists/medical professionals     

THE RED TAPE - Registering with the appropriate organization, insurance and facility protocol

 

Weeks I through III will be laying foundations of commands, Tasks and Work. Learning the steps needed for the behavior you are looking for.  Clicker training and mark/reward patterns are set.

Weeks IV and V are practical application of the previous lessons, solidifying behaviors needed to succeed at Public Access Training.  Certifying organizations are chosen. Regulations are learned and coinciding behaviors taught.  Handler must complete required reading by this time.

Weeks VI through VIII are Public Access training, field trips to hospitals and nursing facilities

Weeks VIIII and X are pretest preparations and mock-up field trails of Therapy Dog/Handler team performance

Therapy Dog II        rate schedule

10 week TD- II program

$350-$400

Professional Package - Includes AKC Community Canine and/or Public Access

Training and Certification

Handling and processing of all paperwork

fees included.

STARTER PACK - includes CGC training, evaluation and certification

TD II - Therapy Dog II

4 weeks + 10 week TD- II program

$400 - $500

6 weeks + 10 week TD- II program

$450 - $600