Are you looking for a new and meaningful way to work with your dog? Do you want to improve the lives of those who would benefit from visits with a volunteer canine therapist? Then think about becoming a Therapy Dog team. The 2nd edition gives you all the information you need to select, socialize and train your dog for this important and rewarding work. Learn about certification, liability, and getting started. Includes a complete course outline for teaching therapy dog classes!
You will learn:
* What therapy dog work involves and how to train for it
* Benefits therapy dog work provides for you, your dog and others
* Various settings in which therapy dog teams do their work
* Whether your family pet might make a good therapy dog
* Selecting and training a puppy for therapy work
* How to keep yourself and your dog fresh for the work
What experts are saying about Therapy Dogs
Kathy is a leader in the therapy dog movement! Therapy Dogs thoroughly covers the topic and she shares her expertise and clarity of communication with her readers.
Toni & Ed Eamers, Adjunct Professors of Sociology at Cal State Fresno, authors of Partners in Independence
The revised edition of Therapy Dogs fills a niche in dog training literature by offering a basic lesson plan for therapy dog class, a great resource list, and an annotated bibliography.
Gendy McMillen, Delta Pet Partner and Team Evaluator
A precious gift from a committed, dedicated, and experienced therapy dog handler to all those who aspire to become one. Her insights are enormous and reveal a true practitioner.
Jack Volhard, co-author of Dog Training for Dummies, Teaching Dog Obedience Classes, and many others.
Kathy Diamond Davis has owned, trained, and handled five registered therapy dogs in a wide variety of facility settings since 1985. Her first edition of Therapy Dogs has been a major force in the growth of Animal Assisted Activities. Kathy is a regular contributor to national dog magazines and answers dog behavior questions for the Veterinary Information Network (www.vin.com).
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