K9O KINDNESS THERAPY DOGS 

 

THERAPY DOGS VISITS ARE BACK!!!

 

Therapy dogs and their owners work as teams to help spread joy throughout the community. Volunteers visit with​ their dogs to provide comfort, companionship, entertainment, and joy for those who are in need. We primarily work with:

  • Schools

  • Community outreach programs 

  • Nursing homes 

  • Assisted care facilities 

  • Hospitals 

  • Disaster relief areas


 

THERAPY DOG REQUIREMENTS

In order to take part in our therapy dog program, you must fulfill the following requirements: 

  • Must have successfully completed our Basic Obedience class or 3 Private Lessons

  • Must be up to date on vaccinations, heart worm, and flea/tick prevention 

  • Must be physically fit and otherwise healthy to go on visits 

  • Must have the right disposition and temperament for the job 

  • Must be good with a variety or people, dogs, and distractions (both dog and owner!) 


 

THERAPY DOG PROGRAM - MEMBERSHIP

Once your dog has completed the prerequisite training, we are happy to have you join us! Membership is $35 per month to join (1 year term). Membership provides you with: 

  • Weekly training lessons ​to keep your dog in tune! Lessons held Thursdays from 1:15-2PM at the K9ology Center with Charlotte and Melissa 

  • Weekly volunteer visits with affiliate organizations offered on select Wednesdays 

  • Use of the K9ology Therapy Dog vest during visits 

  • Join us for monthly pack walks for extra socialization! 

     

THERAPY DOG CERTIFICATION 

Therapy dog certification is for owners who specifically want to pursue visits by themselves on their own time. Our certification test is required for all dogs within the first year of membership.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS 

  • Dog must be sociable and adaptable in a variety of circumstance and environments. 

  • Owner/Handler has taught dog to generalize training concepts to a variety of environments, so that the dog can consistently perform wherever they go. 

  • Owner/Handler maintains control over the dog at all times. This includes being pro-active about rewarding the dog for good behavior, and interrupting or redirecting the dog before unwanted behavior escalates. 

  • Dog is not stressed, aggressive, fearful, or anxious around other dogs and people

OBEDIENCE & PERFROMANCE REQUIREMENTS 

Dogs must be able to reliably perform the following obedience commands and behaviors in at least 3 environments to partake in visits:

  • Name / focus

  • Sit

  • Down

  • Stand 

  • Stay

  • Wait

  • Leave it

  • Come 

  • Loose lead walking 

  • Heel / Finish 

  • Place 

  • Settle down 

  • Stay around multiple dogs 

  • Walking while owner holds something 

  • Walking while person holding something approaches 

  • Polite greetings to visitors (sit or stand on approach) 



 

DISQUALIFICATIONS

  • Persistent barking (frustration or for attention) 

  • Stressed, anxious, or avoidant of new environments

  • Lack of social facilitation or disinterest in strangers 

  • Lack of control by owner/handler 

  • Lack of impulse control / inappropriate prey behavior 

  • Poor toilet training 

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