Domesti-PUPS Pet Therapy Certification Course Slated for April
Domesti-PUPS (www.domesti-pups.org) has announced its upcoming Pet Therapy Certification Course will begin April 24 in Lincoln, and April 27 in Omaha.
Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders. Animal-assisted activities, on the other hand, have a more general purpose, such as providing comfort and enjoyment for nursing home residents.
Great therapy dogs:
- Adore all people and want to be with people more than anything else;
- Are able to handle loud noises, commotion, and various people, places and things;
- Are mentally sound, not overly sensitive, nor reactive to other dogs;
- Have a solid level of obedience.
The prerequisite for the Domesti-PUPS Pet Therapy Certification Course is the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen designation. If your dog has passed this test, then you most likely will be ready to begin the pet therapy certification course.