I was wondering if there was some information out there that could help me. A couple of co-workers of mine have brought their puppies to work in hopes to one day train them as therapy dogs. I work in the long term care unit of a seniors village. I am all "for" pet therapy especially therapy dogs. I saw what kind of effect the puppies have on the residents in the long term care unit. I find this so exciting and I want to encourage it. There has been some contraversy over this and some staff have complained about the puppies. I think that is the situation were well under control, there shouldn't be a problem.
I wanted my own dog to be a therapy dog but, she barks at wheelchairs and motorized scooters. So, I know my own dog wont be going to work with me. I am so happy for my coworkers and their opportunity and their puppies. I want this to work out. What should I do to encourage the facility to use therapy dogs and what do I need to do to make sure this works out? Can nursing and pet therapy work? The other dog belongs to the activationist which is appropriate. One of the puppies belongs to an RPN.
Any advice, pro's and cons would be greatly appreciated. I'm thinking that i will have to take the initiative and do the research and develop a draft policy to ensure the implementation of this new venture!
Thanks in advance!
May 4, '09
My wife speaks nationally on Animal Assisted Therapy and would be happy to share her expertise. You can send me a private message.
Last edit by sirI on May 4, '09