Therapy dog owners have one thing in common; they have discovered the unselfish desire to help others, taking time to "Paws Awhile For Love.” The use of canines to help mankind is known throughout the world. They have been used for guarding flocks, tracking, hunting, search and rescue, leading the blind, and in assisting the deaf and physically challenged. The bond between dog and man dates back to early history, but it wasn’t until recently that a correlation was acknowledged between this bond and the emotional health of humans. Studies have shown that a person holding or petting an animal will cause a lowering of blood pressure, the release of strain and tension, and can draw out a person from loneliness and depression.
The goal for dogs in this program is to bring joy and comfort to those in need, to improve all phases of operations, and to make more therapy dogs available by striving to improve and expand the relationship between a Therapy Dog Team and those in need. This class focuses on skills needed to perform therapy work in a variety of settings. Teams will be evaluated to be certified for therapy work on the last week of each block. If you have any questions, contact the Director of the Therapy Dog Program.
Kelly McDuff has been doing therapy work with her dachshund since 2014. Together they visit a memory care unit once a week and help to calm anxious travelers at the MSP Airport a few times a month. Kelly has been involved with SPDTC since 2011 and helps teach the Beginner Obedience class at SPDTC on Tuesday nights in addition to the therapy dog class.
Places therapy dogs may visit include:
Children Reading to Dogs Program
Disaster Stress Relief Dogs
Class Size is limited to (5) students by design. A waitlist will be maintained if necessary. The classes are structured with an agenda that leaves room for individual assistance as needed.
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