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01-20-2014 11:42 PM
mcdanfam The group Millie belongs to....you have the evaluation, the test, once you pass the test....you are then evaluated and graded in three different hospital environments. After you pass those you are then cleared to send it paper work to receive tags and badge.

They are tested on being around wheel chairs, crutches, walkers, falling people and equipment, other dogs, their obedience, being handled, rubbed all over, along with noise and people running past and around them. Along with many other things. All visits are made with the owner or handler that the dog tested with.


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01-20-2014 11:35 PM
Okie2 I see there is one other misconception with the "Therapy Dog" concept.

Most of the work that is done with our pet....is: Animal Assisted Activity, what is what we do each and every time go to nursing homes and certain hospital wards to see several people. On the other hand "Animal Assisted Therapy" is more restrictive normally requiring a professional, such as a social worker, doctor or human health provider. With Assisted Therapy there is usually a set goal(s) involved.

I hope more of you get yourself and your pet involved in such a wonderful program....
01-20-2014 11:24 PM
Okie2 I should have mentioned.....that once you complete all the requirements, you then will be mentored by other seasoned pet partner teams. In our area there is no set time required for the mentoring process, which I believe someone mentioned earlier that 30 hours was required. However, it is too you and your pets benefit to watch others that have been there and done that...........if you get my drift......
01-20-2014 11:17 PM
Okie2 Doggiedad, the Therapy Dog program requires classroom instruction, to include role play. The class is normally about 8 hours and you then receive a certificate of training. Now the evaluation for the pet--in this case--a dog, is quite extensive. The evaluation is two parts, one being the "Skills Test".... is an obedience test which includes numerous distractions--much like you would find in a hospital. The second part of the test is the "Aptitude Test"...during this test is to see how you the handler and the pet respond to possible situations such as, rough handling, overly exuberant and clumsy petting, angry yelling, being petted by several at once.......These are just a few examples of what is entailed.....once the evaluation is completed the handler and pet receive their score....the top score is "Complex", thus allowing you the handler and the pet, into more restrictive situations/hospitals wards.

The evaluation only takes about an hour, if all goes well. So the whole process is not that difficult. It takes about 2-3 weeks to receive yours along with the dog's id, then you are allowed to start the therapy work.

The big thing is the temperament of the pet....the more relaxed they are in some very demanding situations and how well you as a handler respond in kind, is how you are graded....not all pets receive the "Complex" rating/score the first time, and some even fail.

A Therapy Dog is not a "Service Dog", although the work that is done is a service.

Hope this helps any misunderstanding.......
01-20-2014 11:10 PM
David Winners
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yes i got it, therapy dog. 1 day and 1 class is all it
takes to become a certified handler and to have your dog
certified?
This isn't a service dog. I think you are getting the terms therapy and service confused.

The test is a temperament evaluation to be sure the dog will behave in a safe and proper manner while in the nursing facility.

David Winners
01-20-2014 11:05 PM
Kaimeju I think "therapy dog" is still a rather broadly defined term. All it takes to become a therapy dog at our local hospital is a letter from the vet. But up in the city, you have to have the cert plus 30 hours supervised visitations. I guess this is a good thing because we don't have the funding to bring in Delta Partners volunteers to supervise.

Therapy work isn't something I could do, much as I would love to. My dog is a mush with people but you can't rely on her not to be a snarky jerk to other dogs. Even if we passed the test (which I think we could) I would feel like I was lying about her temperament.

Congratulations on finding a rewarding job for your dog! It's amazing the kind of emotions they stir in us. Will you have a "specialty" of sorts or trying different venues as things progress?


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01-20-2014 10:56 PM
madis
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yes i got it, therapy dog. 1 day and 1 class is all it
takes to become a certified handler and to have your dog
certified?
Sounds weird but yes, the handler part isn't the hard part, but I read through the dog eval test and parts of it look pretty tough. They pretty much put your dog in every type of distraction scenario and he/she needs to stay calm and focused. Our plan is to train Alvin all year then do a run-through at a local nursing home that gave us the OK to practice in their facility before doing the actual evaluation.


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01-20-2014 10:34 PM
doggiedad yes i got it, therapy dog. 1 day and 1 class is all it
takes to become a certified handler and to have your dog
certified?

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wow, it only took 1 class and 1 day to become
certified as a service dog?
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Originally Posted by madis View Post
This is for a therapy dog certification.
01-20-2014 10:24 PM
madis
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Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
wow, it only took 1 class and 1 day to become
certified as a service dog?
This is for a therapy dog certification.
01-20-2014 10:22 PM
doggiedad wow, it only took 1 class and 1 day to become
certified as a service dog?
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