How to be­come a ther­apy dog team

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Vol­un­teers:

•Must com­plete an ap­pli­ca­tion process

•Should be phys­i­cally and men­tally ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties that are rea­son­able for the type of ser­vice they are to pro­vide

•Must com­plete a crim­i­nal record check with a vul­ner­a­ble sec­tor search

Dogs:

•Must be one year of age or older

•Be ac­cept­ing of a friendly stranger

•Sit calmly for pet­ting

•Walk on a loose leash

•Be able to walk through a crowd (in­clud­ing wheel­chairs)

•Sit on com­mand/stay in place

•Re­act well to an­other dog or to dis­trac­tions (noise, jog­ger, etc.)

St. John Am­bu­lance ther­apy dog team web­site: http://www.sjather­a­py­dog.ca/

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