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Introductory Seminar - Explore Volunteering with Your Animal

If you are interested in giving back to your community and taking the beautiful bond you have with your animal to an entirely different level, you should definitely come to the Introductory Seminar.
This 90 minute seminar is an overview of therapy handler/animal work and is designed for the potential handler. You will learn about becoming a registered therapy team.

Does your animal have - THE RIGHT STUFF - to become a therapy animal ... the presentation identifies the desirable characteristics that make an animal/handler successful as a therapy team. You will also have the opportunity to see registered therapy teams have an onsite visit with clients at Baptist Rehab Germantown. Animals do not attend.

See firsthand why we believe that ... "NOT ALL MEDICINE COMES IN A BOTTLE"

Location:
Baptist Rehab Germantown
2100 Exeter Road
Germantown, TN 38138

Fee: $25
Date: May 4, 2014
Deadline: April 25, 2014
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Introductory Seminar Registration Form


Print out the form and send it along with your fee to register for the seminar. We do not have online payment.
Seminar is required for membership in Mid South Therapy Dogs & Friends and for attending the Therapy Team Training Workshop.
Pre-register to reserve a seat!


Obedience Class

In order to be eligible for Team Training Workshop, a dog should be mature and have a stable, friendly temperament; dogs that show any type of aggression will not be allowed into the class. The Team Training Workshop is open to dogs that have completed an Obedience Class within the past six months prior to the workshop date (must provide registrar with certificate of completion)

If you think your dog has the right stuff, but needs a little work first, contact a dog trainer. Be sure to ask about their experience in animal-assisted work. Be cautious about taking classes from someone who has never worked with therapy animals, and is not extremely familiar with therapy training and the specifics of what is required of not only your animal but of YOU - as the handler. Remember, this is not just about your dog. You are a Therapy Team!

Location:
Dog Woods Training Center
3041 N. Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133


Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title Testing

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title Testing is required before attending the Therapy Team Training Workshop. Dogs who have previously earned their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title must provide a copy to the registrar. However, dogs may be asked to repeat/update the title.

CGC Testing Fee: $30

Testing Date: TBD
Registration Deadline: TBD
Pre registration required

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CGC Registration Form


Therapy Team Training Workshop (Four Sessions)
Workshop Dates: In Progress
Registration Deadline:

The Therapy Team Training Workshop combines four sessions which include lecture, discussion, role playing, practice and a mock evaluation. It covers the fundamental information needed to succeed as a Therapy Team.  Learn the skills needed to visit safely with your animal in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, treatment centers and more. Through the lecture, group discussion and role playing, you will discover how to interact effectively with clients and keep your animal safe in all visiting situations. You will be able to witness the joy that a real volunteer visit from a therapy animal brings to clients of all ages. The workshop is taught by certified experienced, licensed Instructors and Evaluators.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title Test is required before attending the Therapy Team Training Workshop.

The goal of our workshop is:

  • To have you leave with the basic skills you need to visit successfully in various settings
  • To know what is needed for you and your animal to pass the Therapy Team Evaluation

Workshop Location:
Dog Woods Training Center
3041 N. Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133
(First Session of Therapy Team Training Workshop - NO ANIMALS ATTEND)

Workshop Dates: (Each training date/session covers different subject material)
Fee: $240 - Includes Therapy Team Training Manual, Workshop (4 Sessions), Therapy Team Evaluation

Additional Handler/same dog -- course fee $90

Dates & Details
March 1, 2014
  NO ANIMALS ATTEND  
Time: 2:30 - 4:30

Dates & Details
March 8, April 5, 12, 2014
ANIMALS ATTEND
 
 
Time:
2:30 - 3:30

Team Training Workshop Fee: $200
(Includes training and an evaluation)
 Training Manual: $40

Attach a copy of both documents

RABIES Certificate REQUIRED

  Tags are not acceptable/Not shot records

   Copy of CGC Certificate

 

 

 

 

 

 




Volunteers without animals: Contact Us

Pre-Registration Required

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Therapy Team Training Workshop Registration Form


Therapy Team Refresher Class

Handlers who are due for renewal testing often feel anxious about going through the test again. Even teams who visit regularly can benefit from reminders of key handling skills. The handlers will also be updated on the latest policies and procedures. In this one-hour course you will learn how to build upon the skills you already have with your therapy animal to feel confident going into the Evaluaton. The course is taught by licensed Instructors.

Location: Dog Woods
Class Date: February 9, 2014
Time: 12:00
Registration Deadline: Members Only Full
FEE: $20

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Refresher Registration Form
Pre-registration required/Handler Only


Team Evaluation