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Therapy job for my gentle dog?

I want to take my dog and give her a job like visit hopsitals and such becuase she is extremely gentle and extremely smart. I need to know where I can find organizations for dogs to volunteer at the hospitals. websites would be great! Thanks! she's an australian shepherd and extremely well trained.

Asked By: Soy Flanders - 1/27/2009
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I would first start by passing the CGC (Canine Good Citizen test). That's often the first step in becoming a certified therapy dog... More
Answered By: Crysania - 1/27/2009
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To be a service dog they do have exams they have to pass. Your best bet is to contact a animal behavior trainer in your area, they could lead you in the right direction on how to get her licensed. She also has to be insured.
Answered By: krennao - 1/27/2009
 
She'll need to get Canine Good Citizen certified first (needs to be 6 months old for that), and then she needs some Therapy Dog certification (my dog is through Therapy Dogs International, and they need to be 1 year old before they can take the test and be certified).
Answered By: amyjp612 - 1/27/2009
 
Ask your local hospitals, rehab centers, and seniors' homes if they take part in therapy dog programs and what organizations they use for them. I know of two organizations in Vancouver: Pets and Friends and the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. Even if you live elsewhere, it's worth looking at their websites to... More
Answered By: Rouge P - 1/27/2009
 
well soy i think it all depends on if you're dog is full grown or a puppy still they don't allow puppies (often) into hospitals
Answered By: Gooi - 1/27/2009
 
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