Dogs in Occupational Therapy - German Shepherd Dog Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
capella008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 24
Dogs in Occupational Therapy

I am going to school for Occupational Therapy and will graduate with my masters to be an OT/R in May of 2014. I would love to be able to use my puppy in therapy somehow when I graduate. She is currently 3 months old and in a basic puppy class - our trainer has commented on how focused she is on us during class and has said she has great potential.

Does anyone have any experience using/seeing dogs used in occupational therapy or know what trainings/certifications she will need? I plan on taking her through a basic training course (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and then possibly work towards the AKC Canine Good Citizenship test. Any information would be appreciated!


Thanks
capella008 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 05:43 PM
Knighted Member
 
Zeeva's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 3,441
I don't know anything about it but CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!!
Zeeva is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 10:07 PM
Moderator
 
ILGHAUS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: North Central FLorida, east of Gainesville
Posts: 8,924
Quote:
what trainings/certifications she will need?
If you are going to use your dog in your treatment with patients then you will need to check with the facility where you work. Also make sure that you verify the size of the policy and who pays for insurance.

At this time I would suggest staying with obedience training and lots of socialization. You may also want to go through the AKC STAR program with your pup and then later the AKC CGC classes. This will serve two purposes - training and documentation.

You can also go through any therapy dog classes available in your area just be aware that any national therapy dog organizations are only for volunteers and once you use your dog on a professional level you will loose any benefits being registered through them such as insurance. The good thing is that the training and experience will remain.

I would also recommend getting a temperament test through an organization such as ATTS when your pup is old enought (18 months min.)

Please also remember that not all dogs are cut out for the work and it is possible that you may have to drop the idea of using your dog as a working partner. But in the meantime, enjoy and know that any training and time spent with your pup is a great experience.

American Temperament Test Society, Inc. | A sound mind in a sound body

TJ aka Theresa A. Jennings
Pyro vom Wildhaus aka Kaleb ~S.T.A.R.~
Therapy & Assistance Dog Candidate.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project (ADAP),
Humane Animal Education & Services (HAES),
Putnam County Emergency Animal Support/Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelters
Gov. Agency Member of FL State Agricultural Response Team
ILGHAUS is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-11-2012, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
capella008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 24
thank you very much for the tips!!
capella008 is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-11-2012, 07:52 PM
Crowned Member
 
Chicagocanine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 6,494
I don't know if there are any national organizations that do this, but I have volunteered with a local therapy dog group in my area that does have some programs that work with occupational therapy as well as physical therapy. I can't find a lot of info available on their website but here's the link in case it may be helpful:
Canine Therapy Corps - Animal Assisted Therapy

If you contact them they may know some other resources that have more information on this.

Another good place to look for information on animal assisted therapy is this website:
Therapy Dogs Index


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jubal/Tesla (Beauceron) 3/14/14
Bianca HIC CGC TT (GSD) 4/24/04-10/23/12
Chicagocanine is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome