STURGEON BAY, WI (May 26, 2016) – In fall of 2015, the Door County Humane Society launched its Therapy Dog Training Program. This program takes household dogs with basic obedience skills and trains them to provide affection and comfort to people in nursing homes, hospitals, retirement homes, detention centers, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and other places where a friendly dog’s presence can help improve the lives of people they visit. The program consists of a three-session class to prepare owners and their canine friends for the Therapy Dog Certification Test. Ron Maloney of Peninsula Dog Training generously donates his time to provide training for the class, and Carol Beck of Fox Valley Humane Society administers the certification testing through Therapy Dog International. Once dog and owner pass their test, dogs must also meet all necessary medical criteria. This new team may then apply to TDI® for official certification. Once certified, dogs and owners are ready to begin their therapy visits.
“We are very proud to host this program for the third time. It’s a great way for us to give back to the Door County community and to further our positive impact of animals on the people of the peninsula. Our last two groups of graduates have become involved in the community with visits to the Door County libraries, the Dorchester, the Door County Boys and Girls Club, and several Door County schools. The great thing about this program is that, once a dog and owner have become certified, they can determine how actively involved they want to be in the community,” stated Communications and Development Coordinator April Delfosse.
The Door County Humane Society is pleased to announce the dates for its third Therapy Dog Training Class. The class will be held at the Door County Humane Society, located at 3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay. The dates for the three training sessions are June 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 6:00pm with the certification testing date TBD. The class fee is $50 for the three sessions with an additional charge for certification testing and registration to TDI®. Class size is limited to ten dogs, so early registration is recommended.
To register or for more information call Kennel Coordinator, Rachel Asher at 920.746.1111.