Sunday, April 5, 2009

Therapy Dog Tips

New to therapy dog work? Here are a few things to remember for your next visit:
  • If either you or your dog is not feeling well, cancel the visit.
  • Be on time.
  • Have your contact/escort's name and phone number with you.
  • Make sure your dog is clean, brushed, nails trimmed and filed. Remember - the elderly have paper thin skin that tears easily.
  • Some facilities require your dog to be bathed within 24 hours of your visit. Make sure you know the rules.
  • Dress appropriately – no open sandals, shorts, etc. Khakis or BDUs work well along with a golf shirt or dress shirt.
  • Turn off your cell phone before entering facility.
  • Give your dog a potty break before entering facility. Always carry poop bags just in case.
  • Carry a second leash in case anyone wants to “walk” your dog.
  • Have fresh, cool water available for your dog after the visit.

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Woofs & wags!

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