HOW TO START?
If you feel that you and your companion animal may be interested in becoming a volunteer visiting team with Mid South Therapy Dogs & Friends, the first step is for you to read thoroughly this document about the requirements and process to qualify for this very unique kind of volunteering.
Once you have read and considered this information, make a list of your questions and then call or email us. We would like to hear from you and discuss the training and time commitments, answer all your questions about the process, and help you determine whether this is a kind of volunteering that you and your animal will enjoy before you invest in becoming trained, registered and insured. Please recognize that if your animal does not love this idea as much as you do, you will never find it to be rewarding - you are choosing it, but your animal is being drafted!
Do you and your animal have - THE RIGHT STUFF - to become a therapy team ... this seminar identifies the desirable characteristics that make an animal/handler successful as a therapy team. This 60 minute presentation is an overview of therapy handler/animal work and is designed for the potential handler. You will learn about becoming a registered therapy team. If you are interested in giving back to your community and taking the beautiful bond you have with your animal to an entirely different level, you should definitely come to the Introductory Seminar.
Location: Baptist Medical Group - OCC
If you think your dog has the right stuff, but needs a little work first, contact a dog trainer. Be sure to ask about their experience in animal-assisted work. Be cautious about taking classes from someone who has never worked with therapy animals, and is not extremely familiar with therapy training and the specifics of what is required of not only your animal but of YOU - as the handler. Remember, this is not just about your dog. You are a Therapy Team!
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title Testing is required before attending the Therapy Team Training Workshop. Dogs who have previously earned their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title must provide a copy to the registrar. However, dogs may be asked to repeat/update the title.
Therapy Team Training Workshop Three Sessions)
Workshop Dates: March 5 & 13 - April 17
Registration Deadline: February 22, 2016
Team Training Workshop
Goals of our workshop:
(First Session of Therapy Team Training Workshop - NO ANIMALS ATTEND)
Workshop Location: ANIMALS ATTEND
Therapy Team Refresher Class
Handlers who are due for renewal testing often feel anxious about going through the test again. Even teams who visit regularly can benefit from reminders of key handling skills. The handlers will also be updated on the latest policies and procedures. In this one-hour course you will learn how to build upon the skills you already have with your therapy animal to feel confident going into the Evaluaton. The course is taught by licensed Instructors.
Location: Dog Woods