353 Sanctuary Hill Ln
East Smithfield, PA 18817
This class will teach your dog everything he/she needs to earn to be a Therapy dog. Similar to our Canine Good Citizen class, the Therapy dog class teaches your dog basic commands and how to stay calm and except strangers politely. This certification allows your dog to be an emotional support for people in need in places such as hospitals and nursing homes.
“The therapy dog movement is based on the human – animal bond; the affection that dogs have for people and that people have for dogs. A therapy dog can be any size, body shape, breed, mixture of breeds, color, coat type, or sex. The assistance may be emotional: by showing the person being visited that he is loved and lovable. The person being visited may smile, cry, hug the dog, pet the dog, or laugh while the dog performs tricks.
The help might also be physical: encouraging a stroke victim to move an arm by petting the dog or throwing a ball for the dog. Any help the therapy dog provides is based upon the relationship – the bond – people and dogs have shared for thousands of years.”
From “Love on a Leash”, by Liz Palika (2013)
$55 ACS adopters and $65 for non-ACS adopters
Class: Saturdays, 8/5 to 8/26. A four week class from Noon -1:00.