Love on a Leash® provides certification procedures for therapy pets and their owners and we work to increase public awareness of the benefits of pet provided therapy. As volunteers of Love on a Leash® we regularly take our trained, family pets to visit residents in assisted living homes and Alzheimer's facilities and patients in hospitals and hospice care facilities. We also visit schools, libraries, day-care centers and special education classrooms serving as a teaching tool and enriching educational goals. Additionally, we visit colleges & universities to provide stress relief for students during final exams. They put a smile on someone's face, make their day a little brighter, or bring back a cherished memory
WHAT IS PET THERAPY?
A therapy animal is a pet that is trained with its owner, as a team, to provide comfort and stress relief to others in a variety of situations. A pet therapy dog provides companionship and emotional comfort to many people and must be trained to tolerate a wide range of environments and people (babies, young adults, elder people, Alzheimer's, skilled nursing, etc.).
Therapy pets are usually the personal pets of their handlers. They work as a team with their handler to provide a variety of services to others. Therapy pet teams volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. In addition to providing emotional and social support, therapy pets may also help individuals achieve physical and educational goals. For example, throwing a ball to a dog to increase mobility or having children read aloud to a dog.
To become a certified Therapy Pet, most organizations have evaluations the handler and pet must pass as a team. Certification typically includes insurance coverage, consistent visit and behavior guidelines, animal health assurances, and cleanliness standards.
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