Halloween 2017 @ Balfour Senior Center
We provide pet therapy training, through our Therapy Dog Academy Class , and privately. This class is open to all species, and not required for any certifying assocation or group.
We also conduct evaluaitons for Joyous Paws Pet Therapy Team (based in Aurora, Colorado).
Congratulations to our recently ceritfied therapy teams.
Carol And AJ:
Carol, David and Rosie:
Sarah and Diesel:
Pet Therapy-Use of animals to assist with medical and physchological care/support of humans.
Use of dogs in physical therapy exercises, such as through grooming
Use of animals to calm pyschiatric patients/trauma victims
Use of animals to build confidence in children with learning disabilities.
Pet Assisted Activities- The use of animals in activities designed to enhance the emotional welbeing of people.
Visiting nursing homes/medical facilities
Reading with animal programs.
Therapy Animals has access only to those places that welcome them. NOTE: Individual facilities have seperate requirements for visiting animals, if they allow them at all. Certain facilities require certification through specific organizations. Be sure to check with each facalities that you wish to bring your animal.
THERAPY ANIMALS ARE NOT SERVICE DOGS! AND DO NOT HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS SERVICE DOGS.
Other Therapy Animal Organizations
Emotional Support Animals -Animals specifically trained to assist an individual/owner with managing specific emotinal disorders. This classification is NOT a legal definition, and therefore does not have any protection under the law.
Service/Guide/Assistance Dogs-Service Dogs are specifically trained to assist their handler/owner with some type of LIFE ALTERING disability (ies). Contrary to popular belief, Service dogs do not have any access rights or protection under the law. They are allowed public access to most buildings and are protected under federal laws only when they are assiting their disabled handler. In Colorado, service dogs are granted public access and protected under state law while in training and working with a qualified trainer, as well as their handler. This is not true in all states or on federal property.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IN COLORADO IT IS A CRIME TO MISREPRESENT AN ANIMAL AS A SERVICE ANIMAL.
Canine/Feline Behavior Counseling does NOT currently provide training for service or assistance dogs.
For more information about Service Dogs:
•Assistance Dogs International (2011) Glossary of Terms. http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/Standards/GlossaryOfTerms.php
•Federal Register (2003) Vol. 68, No. 90 / Friday, May 9, 2003 / Rules and Regulations.
•Service Dog Central (2011) How was the definition of "service animal" changed July 23, 2010?