Cali, Miley, & I are registered through the National Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program.
Please visit their website to learn more about the process of becoming a registered team.
My dogs and I are also members of the Mo-Kan Pet Partner group, which offers many different test venues in the KC/Overland Park areas. Pet Partner teams are reassessed every two years.
Cali, AKC, CGC, THDD (Starquest My Girl Cali)
  March 2007 earned CGC
  April 2007 qualified as a therapy dog and began working at WHS.
  Spring 2008 earned Beyond Limits Award for Animal Assisted Therapy http://www.petpartners.org/Page.aspx?pid=388
  June 2014 earned AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD) (highest level). 

Miley, AKC, CGC, THD (Clearcreek's Nip of Coal Smile Maker)
  May 2013 earned CGC
  July 2013 qualified as a therapy dog and began working at WHS.
January 2016 earned AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (THDX). 
 
Cali & Miley both completed their advanced training under Bruce Pickett of Post Oak K-9 Training Center 341 Southwest County Road Bb, Warrensburg, MO 64093    (660) 747-5292 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Post-Oak-K-9-Training-Center
 

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"To err is human, to forgive, canine" ~ Anonymous.

For additional information about therapy dogs, the differences between service, support, & therapy dogs, and preparing for therapy team evaluations, please visit Peter Christensen's superb site at http://www.therapydoginfo.net/
 

 

 


A Therapy dog helps people on many levels by:

  1. providing unconditional love and support
  2. acting as a subtle distraction from daily stressors or problems (research link https://www.news.vcu.edu/article/Benefits_of_Taking_Fido_to_Work_May_Not_Be_Far_Fetched) (research link  Virginia Common Wealth University http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/17538351211215366)
  3. giving a feeling of comfort and peace
  4. satisfying the basic human need of touch
  5. bestowing a sense of calmness
  6. reducing stress and anxiety by lowering heart rate and blood pressure (research Allen K, Blascovich J, Mendes WB (2002). Cardiovascular reactivity and the presence of pets, friends, and spouses: the truth about cats and dogs. Psychosom Med. Sep-Oct;64(5):727-39. )
  7. increasing one’s sense of well-being and quality of life (research link http://thegooddogfoundation.org/news-page/research/ )
  8. giving us a connection to nature
  9. boosting morale and productivity (link http://www.fastcompany.com/3037205/pet-week/your-definitive-argument-for-a-pet-friendly-office)
  10. serving as a social catalyst
  11. decreasing feelings of loneliness
  12. providing an outward focus and opportunities for laughter
  13. serving as a motivator
  14. reducing time missed due to illness (link http://center4research.org/healthy-living-prevention/pets-and-health-the-impact-of-companion-animals/) (info Hodgson, K., Barton, L., Darling, M., Antao, V., Kim, F. A., & Monavvari, A. (2015). Pets’ Impact on Your Patients’ Health: Leveraging Benefits and Mitigating Risk. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 28(4), 526-534.)
  15. creating a feeling of trust, acceptance, and increased collaboration in the environment (research link Central Michigan University http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2010/08/benefits_of_dogs_at_work_081710.html?referrer=http://www.fastcompany.com/3037205/pet-week/your-definitive-argument-for-a-pet-friendly-office)