STURGEON BAY, WI (September 27, 2016) – The Door County Humane Society has just released their dates for the next Therapy Dog Class sessions. This program takes household dogs with basics 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 people. 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 donates his time to provide training for the class, and Carol Beck of Therapy Dog International® (TDI®) administers the certification testing. Once dog and owner pass their test, dogs must receive a physical exam by a vet, be current on vaccinations and other medical criteria, and apply to TDI® for official certification. Once certified, dogs and owners are ready to begin their therapy visits.
“It has been fantastic to watch this program grow and develop. This will be our fourth time offering the class to the community and we hope there will be many more classes to come. The best part of the program is being able to watch dog and owner grow together and once certified have a great impact on the Door County Community” stated DCHS Kennel Coordinator Rachel Asher.
Classes will be held at the Door County Humane Society, located at 3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay. The dates for the three training sessions are October 12, 19, and 26 at 6:00pm. The date for the certification test is TBD. Admission for the class is only $50 for all three sessions. Only ten dogs are allowed in each class so early registration is recommended. Dogs must have Canine Good Citizenship Award or basic obedience skills equivalent in order to participate. In addition dogs must be up to date on vaccinations.
To register or for more information call Kennel Coordinator, Rachel Asher at 920.746.1111.