Training "Both Ends of the Leash"


"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."




Would you like to learn how to share the love of your furry friend or other animal with people in need?

If you feel that you and your furry friend may be interested in becoming a volunteer visiting team with Mid South Therapy Dogs & Friends, the first step is to read about the requirements for this unique kind of volunteering.

Do you and your animal have - THE RIGHT STUFF - to become a therapy team ... this seminar identifies the desirable characteristics that make an animal/handler successful as a therapy team. 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 come to the Introductory Seminar.

What makes a team suitable to be a MSTD volunteer

Introductory Seminar --- this is a human only event, please leave your furry friends at home
See firsthand why we believe that ... "NOT ALL MEDICINE COMES IN A BOTTLE"

Seminar Location:  Baptist Memorial Hospital - Collierville
1500 West Poplar Avenue Collierville, TN 38017

Fee: $30.00
Date: April 7, 2019
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 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!

Therapy Team Training Workshop
Our therapy animals deserve a trained, skilled and devoted handler

Team Training Workshop --- Please Contact Us
Must be screened and pre-approved
Workshop Dates: 2019 Spring Session TBD
Deadline: 2019 TBD

The Team Training Workshop is designed for those teams that have been approved to move to the advance training which combines lecture, discussion and role playing. It covers the fundamental information needed to succeed as a Therapy Team.  Learn the skills needed to visit safely with your animal in various settings.

Learn what is needed for you and your animal to pass the Competency-Based Team Evaluation .
Through this lecture, group discussion and role playing, you will discover how to interact effectively with clients and keep your animal safe in various environments. The workshop is taught by experienced, licensed Intermountain Therapy Animals - ITA - Instructors and Evaluators.

Goals of our workshop:
Provide you with the knowledge you need to visit as a skilled handler
Learn what is needed to successfully pass the Competency-Based Team Evaluation
Begin your M.A.P. My Action Plan for success.

Volunteers without animals: Please Contact Us

Pre-Registration Required

Therapy Team Training Workshop Registration Form

Therapy Team Refresher/Renewal Class

Handlers who are due for renewal testing often feel anxious about going through the CBTE. 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 and will receive their renewal packet.

In this course renewing teams will review how to build upon the skills they already have with their therapy animal and feel confident going into the Competency Based Team Evaluation. Walk through of the CBTE will be held at the end of the class. This is an optional class.

Location: Baptist Memorial Hospital Collierville
Class Date: TBD Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Members/Handlers Only NO DOGS
FEE: No Charge

If you plan on attending the class you will need to reserve a seat.
Please Contact Us

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.

If you think your dog has the right stuff, but needs a little work first, contact a dog trainer. We recommend Donna Eddins. 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!

Dog Woods Training Center
3041 N. Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133
386- 9900

Competency-Based Team Evaluation