When visiting a hospital or nursing home it’s not uncommon to see a therapy dog and their partner, but have you ever found yourself wondering what it would take for your dog to become a therapy dog?
Now you can discover exactly how at the SaddleBrooke Dog Park Association’s next free seminar which will explore that question in-depth with a speaker and two therapy dogs on hand.
Jeremy Brown, owner of The Complete Canine, will speak Friday, November 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the East Ballroom at MountainView Clubhouse. He will have his friend Archie and Diane Korn, well known in the SaddleBrooke pet community, will have Latke with her. They are involved in the Pet Partners therapy dog program. Korn is also a member of the SBDPA.
With close to 10 years of professional dog training under his belt, Brown specializes in positive reinforcement, socialization, therapy dog training and building a positive relationship between canines and their humans.
He will present the Therapy Dog Program and address the difference between Therapy Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs and Service Dogs. He will explain what it takes for you and your dog to become a team.
“One of our recent newsletters featured SaddleBrooke Therapy Dogs,” says Kathleen Dunbar, board president of the SBDPA, “The interest was so well received I felt a speaker on what it takes to be a therapy dog team would be a good discussion for SaddleBrooke. I am pleased Jeremy accepted our invitation.”
Brown has been a volunteer with Pet Partners for over five years and an evaluator for two years.
“As a therapy dog handler, I see the impact that these animals have on humans each day, especially those going through tough situations,” Brown says “My goal is to be able to help others realize their dream of becoming a therapy dog team.”
He has helped over 175 teams pass the certification exam to volunteer their time with Animal Assisted Therapy, whether that is visiting hospitals, listening to children read or reaching at-risk youth. However, therapy and stem cell treatment for dogs is also needed too, which could be an exciting area for our teams to move into too!
For more information on the November 17 talk, please contact Kathleen Dunbar, K.dunbar@Regan.com. This is open to all SaddleBrooke residents, not only dog park members. Due to overwhelming response to the October seminar with dog trainer Karyn Garvin, the November 17 event will be in a large enough venue to accommodate everyone.