Training for therapy dog volunteers to begin

Posted on July 23, 2017 by Gloria Mazure in Active Lifestyles, Baby Boomers, Benefit events, Blog, Boomer and Senior Resources, BSR, Caregiver Education, Community Resources, Eldercare Resources, Entertainment, Environment, Events for Women, Independent Living, Local Events, Pet Care, Volunteering

Do you thnk your pet would make a good therapy animal? A Pet Partners Handler Workshop which concentrates on the human end of the leash will  be held Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m., at UF Health, Tower 1, 580 W. 8th St.,
​Jacksonville. The handler’s course is for the human part of the team only, no dogs.

Fee is $80  for one person, $40 for an additional attendee (couples or parent/child living in the same household who would share the workbook),  which includes a Pet Partners Handler Student Guide and the Pet Partners Team Evaluation, plus a light breakfast, coffee and water, and a full lunch.
The fee does not include a Pet Partners Handler Student Guide.
Registration is required, visit 
At the Pet Partners Handler Workshop, handlers will learn:
Skills needed to visit safely,  volunteer responsibilities,  being your animal’s advocate,  types of facilities to visit, visiting techniques,  regulations and policies,  instructions and requirements for the team evaluation.

After taking the Level 1 Handler Workshop,   free assessments will help  participants understand their next steps on the path to becoming a Pet Partners team. For some, the next step will be skills training with a professional dog trainer. For others, it may be more basic training to polish up the essential skills before more training. Our assessments take place at K9 Obedience Club and are usually within a week of the Handler Workshop.

Strongly recommended:   teams complete the Level 2 training for the best results at the required Pet Partners Evaluation. In addition, completing Level 2 gives teams practice and confidence to start volunteering.