Fox Valley Humane Association’s Therapy Dog Program
You and your dog can become a certified Therapy Dog team through FVHA’s new Therapy Dog Program! As a certified FVHA Therapy Dog team, you can participate in FVHA community volunteer programs and together make a difference in the lives of others. FVHA’s Therapy Dog Program also gives pet parents wonderful opportunities to positively bond with their canine companion(s) while learning responsible dog ownership and training techniques. The classes and test are positive, fun, and educational experiences for you both!
TD Classes: Therapy Dog training classes held at FVHA are optional and open to the public. Classes are $30 per session or $80 for all 3 sessions. Prepay is encouraged to hold your spot, but is not required. Classes are June 7, 14 and 21, 2018; July 19 and 26, 2018; August 2, 2018; September 6, 13, 20, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
TD Certification: FVHA Therapy Dog certification tests are administered by FVHA’s own certified evaluator at the shelter throughout the year. Dogs are evaluated on temperament, basic obedience, and environmental challenges. Tests are $35 per dog. The next FVHA Therapy Dog testing date will be held on June 28, 2018, August 9, 2018 and September 27, 2018. This is a group test that will begin at 6:00 p.m. Duration will depend on the total number of dogs being tested. Please note that during the test, treats may not be used and dogs may only wear buckle collars.
Click here to print a required registration form.
If you would like to register for FVHA Therapy Dog Classes and/or Testing & Certification, volunteer in the community with your certified therapy dog, or would like additional info, please contact Jamie Thiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920)733-1717 ext. 117.
FVHA Therapy Dog Program Benefits
All handlers and dogs are insured under FVHA’s policy. Therapy Dog teams are invited to participate in FVHA’s community volunteer programs including:
Kids Reading to Canines
Visits to locations including the Center for Grieving Children, schools, libraries, FVHA events, and more
(Please note: All Therapy Dog visits will be scheduled by FVHA’s volunteer coordinator) Certified handlers are recognized as dedicated and responsible pet parents Certified dogs are recognized as well-behaved and social animals
FVHA Therapy Dog Program Requirements
FVHA’s Therapy Dog Program is sponsored by: