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. The next classes will be running Thursday, March 2nd, 9th and 16th 2017. TD Classes begin at 6:00 pm and go until 7:00 pm.
Evaluation: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:00 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 Thursday, March 23, 2017. 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.
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 Amy Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920)733-1717 ext. 104.
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
Dogs can be any breed or size, but must be over the age of one year.
Dogs must be spayed or neutered, undergo a health exam by their own veterinarian, and must be healthy and up-to-date on routine vaccines.
All handlers and dogs are required to pass FVHA’s Therapy Dog test administered by a certified evaluator.
Dogs must be gentle, calm, obedient, well socialized, and comfortable in public places with new people and other dogs.
Handlers must be 18 years or older, experienced, and have control of the dog at all times.
FVHA’s Therapy Dog Program is sponsored by:
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FVHA and our animal residents rely on the many dedicated, talented volunteers who give generously of themselves to help our animals that are in search of new homes. Our volunteers gave 10,963 hours of their time at the shelter in 2013 - this doesn't include time donated at events or through projects outside the shelter!
Become a volunteer! Volunteering at FVHA is a rewarding way to make a real difference for the animals - no matter what skills you have or the amount of time you can give, we would love to have you on our team.