Therapy Dog Training
ADOPT A CERTIFIED THERAPY DOG for PERSONAL SERVICE
Occasionally, certified and trained Therapy Dogs are available for adoption by individuals in need of a personal Therapy Dog, however, most commonly, dogs requested by individuals for specific or personal use are selected and trained after the interview process for best match to the adopter. These rescue dogs that we select for therapy work receive comprehensive evaluation and training. We focus the training to create well-mannered, balanced, calm and social companions. We ensure that the dog is comfortable with following directions from any handler. The dog is taken to variety of public locations and well acclimated to real life distractions and obstacles. Once the dog has successfully completed all training and has been evaluated to pass the certification test, we introduce and train the adopter with the dog to ensure they pass the Certification test as a team.
Applicable adoption fees apply. Basic Obedience and Advanced Training fees apply as listed below.
TRAIN & CERTIFY YOUR DOG for PERSONAL SERVICE
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
● Your dog must have an even temperament and be eager and willing to meet new people appropriately. Therapy work cannot be forced on a dog. He or she must look forward to working in public and visiting people. ● Your dog must be at least 1 year old, spayed or neutered, and up to date on all vaccinations. ● Your dog must be a graduate of obedience training with a Certificate of Completion ● Handler and Dog must be evaluated by enrolling in a certification class.. The test is designed to determine the dog's character and ability to handle stressful situations in both quiet and unpredictable environments. Handlers are also evaluated to determine their ability to interact and control a wide variety of circumstances and their ability to assess the dog’s comfort level and be proactive in guiding the dog’s behavior. ● In the event that you and your dog are unsuccessful in the evaluation/certification process and you would like to pursue certification, New Leash On Life provides the required training. ● Basic Obedience and Advanced Training fees apply as listed below.
JOIN THE LAP TEAM as a volunteer with YOUR DOG
To become an active volunteer member of the New Leash On Life LAP program, all Handlers and Dogs must successfully qualify as follows effective July 1, 2014:
● Dog must be a graduate of Obedience Training with a Certificate of Completion. ● Dogs must be at least 1 year old, spayed or neutered, and up to date on all vaccinations. ● Handler and Dog must be evaluated by enrolling in a certification class ● In the event that training is needed, see LAP program Training fees below After the Handler and dog pass the evaluation test ● Handler must complete 30 hours of volunteer service within one year with New Leash On Life ● Handler and Dog must pass the Lend a Paw Certification Test (see CERTIFICATION tab). ● A physical exam for the Dog by a CA licensed vet is required. ● A written agreement is included in the new member Registration process which requires a two year initial and minimum commitment to the LAP Program Therapy Service work begins ● Both must complete 8 hours of supervised volunteer visits within the first 60 days to be cleared for solo visits. ● Both must complete an additional 22 hours of solo volunteer visits the first year on the LAP Visitation Tour (see PLACES LAP VISITS ) for a total of 30 hours in one year. ● Both must complete 30 hours of service in the second year and thereafter. ● Handler/Dog teams will be considered “inactive” when service intervals are more than 60 days apart ● Service hours must be posted at www.ourvolts.com and may be subject to approval. ● Both must attend 2 quarterly team meetings per year. ● Active status is achieved and maintained by annual re-certification issued by NLOL, posting the required service hours and attending required meetings per year and compliance with the terms and conditions of the signed agreement. Some of the benefits to maintaining active status include the waiver of certification fees, replacement ID cards, holders and lanyards, new dog registration fees and waiver of tuition for training and certification in Canine CPR/First Aid classes sponsored by NLOL as well as volunteer discounts on NLOL products and services such as boarding, dog food, etc.
All new Lend a Paw certified and registered dogs are subject to the initial registration fee and initial certification fee. As members you’re provided with a Therapy Dog vest, ID cards & a holder for handler and dog and a Lend a Paw T-shirt for the handler. New Leash On Life provides accidental injury coverage for all active Lend A Paw program volunteer Handlers and PL/PD coverage for damage sustained to others while the Handler is providing service on behalf of NLOL at authorized sitse, has valid and current certification and is classified as an active member. NOTE: Handlers with expired or invalid certifications NOT issued by NLOL or inactive status are not insured by NLOL and are personally responsible for all sustained and caused injury and damage. Dogs are not insured under any policy at anytime.
|Basic Obedience||Starting at $250.00|
|LAP Program Training*||Starting at $1,900.00|
|Advanced Training* (Personal service)||Starting at $3,500.00|
|Certification Test (Evaluation for new dogs)||$50.00|
|Registration Fee ** (for new LAP Program members)||$250.00|
* Completion of Basic Obedience is required. ** Includes Therapy Dog vest, holder and 2 ID cards for Handler and Dog and official LAP T-shirt
LEND A PAW Certification Schedule & Fees