Therapy Dog I
Therapy Dog I programs focus mainly
on health care for both physical and mental welfare of adult clients.
Interactions between Therapy teams and patients are usually with a group session or facilitated by nursing staff.
Therapy Walking Partners is organized through Senior Recreation Programs or can be privately volunteered.
I do not recommend using this program for anyone
under 18 yrs old.
What is Deep Pressure Therapy?
DPT was first introduced as a calming method for autistic adults and children. This task fits a multitude of Therapy and Service work, and can be taught both cued and alert-type work. Click below for required reading article by Temple Grandin
Emergency and Behavioral Health
Cancer and Dialysis treatments
Senior Day centers
Veterans Nursing facilities
Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Private AAT Physical Therapy
Required Reading for Therapy i:
"Calming Effects of DPT" - online article by Temple Grandin
Psychology Today online Article:
"Inside of a Dog" by Alexandra Horowitz
"Therapy Dogs Today" by Kris Butler
A THERAPY I DOG IS....
Gregarious. Likes the hustle and bustle of life. Therapy I Dog is highly food motivated, and loves fetch games. They look forward to splashing in the lake with people and other dogs. Eager to please and energetic.
Deep Pressure Therapy
Prolonged eye and bodily contact
Reciprocal affection and communication with another living being
Disruption of monotony
This symbol means the work or task is "Cued" (or commanded) by the handler. Most Therapy I work is cued.
Steps to becoming a
Therapy Dog I Team....
CGC or Kennel Club Equivalent
10 week Training Program
Public Access Certification
Registration with ITP
Handler education and certification
UKC's Obedience Title and testing
10 week Training Program
We will have a 2 hour "Introduction To Therapy Dog 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 I rate schedule
TD I - Therapy Dog I
STARTER PACK - includes CGC training, evaluation and certification
Professional Package - Includes AKC Community Canine and/or Public Access
Training and Certification
Handling and processing of all paperwork
10 week TD- I program
4 weeks + 10 week TD- I program
$350 - $450
6 weeks + 10 week TD- I program
$400 - $550