Do you enjoy interacting with people in an open and friendly manner with your dog?  If so, therapy dog work may be just the ticket.  Therapy dog work is a volunteer job, a community service, where a trained therapy dog accompanies a handler, usually a member of the dog's family, on visits to various settings, such as nursing homes and hospitals, in order to provide emotional benefits to the people there.


Do you enjoy interacting with people in an open and friendly manner with your dog?  If so, therapy dog work may be just the ticket.  Therapy dog work is a volunteer job, a community service, where a trained therapy dog accompanies a handler, usually a member of the dog's family, on visits to various settings, such as nursing homes and hospitals, in order to provide emotional benefits to the people there.
Your Dog’s Place, LLC , a local dog training facility owned by long time dog trainer and animal welfare advocate, Sue Frisch,  is offering a workshop to help people decide if this is an activity they wish to pursue with their dogs.
Workshop instructor, Leslie Dennis, has eight years experience working with her dogs in therapy situations.  While she finds her varied former employment in special education and the performing arts to be of assistance in working as half of the therapy dog team, she feels that such a background is not necessary.
The workshops will be held on three consecutive Monday evenings beginning Monday April 25.  The first week will cover such topics as: What therapy dogs are and are not, what’s in it for the handler, the evaluation process, training requirements for both dogs and handlers, and plenty of time for questions and answers.  Attendees should not bring dogs to the first session.
For those who decide after attending the first night that they wish to learn more, the following two weeks will be dedicated to such topics as grooming therapy dogs for their job, facility requirements, proofing dogs around durable medical equipment, training exercises, where to work and required documentation.  Dogs will be in attendance at both of these sessions.
The cost for the workshop will be $10 per session and the sessions will be held at the Your Dog’s Place dog training center, located on Route 191, three miles north of Honesdale.  For more information or to register please call Sue Frisch at (570)729-8977 or e-mail yourdogsplace@yahoo.com.