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In This Newsletter: The Therapy Dog Issue
Did you know?  New...Therapy Dog Class! Details below. 
August has National Dog Day and Left-handers Day
Tip of the Month:  What exactly is a therapy dog?
Additional articles: Walking can be such a drag! | Is Your Dog A Model Citizen? | Does the weather affect your dog-walking?
Calendar and Group Class Schedules: Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton & Castle Rock/Sedalia | Upcoming events at The Light of Dog Farm.
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Did You Know?
We are adding a new class to our roster - Therapy Dog Class! Interested in your dog becoming a therapy dog? Think your dogwould be good at it but not sure? This class might be just what you need! Starting October 6.

August 26th is National Dog Day. Not that you need an excuse to get out and have fun with your dog!  

August 13 is Left-handers Day.  Go lefties!

What exactly is a therapy dog?

In an earlier post, we discussed the differences among therapy dogs, service or assistance dogs, and emotional support animals. In this post, we will discuss therapy dogs in more detail. Therapy dogs or dogs who participate in animal assisted therapy fall under a few different categories. The following definitions come from the Pet Partners website.

Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI) 

Animal-assisted interventions are goal oriented and structured interventions that intentionally incorporate animals in health, education and human service for the purpose of therapeutic gains and improved health and wellness. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT), animal-assisted education (AAE) and animal-assisted activities (AAA) are all forms of animal-assisted interventions. In all these interventions, the animal may be part of a volunteer therapy animal team working under the direction of a professional or an animal that belongs to the professional himself. 

Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) 

Animal-assisted therapy is a goal oriented, planned, structured and documented therapeutic intervention directed by health and human service providers as part of their profession. A wide variety of disciplines may incorporate AAT. Possible practitioners could include physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, certified therapeutic recreation specialists, nurses, social workers, speech therapists, or mental health professionals. 

Animal-Assisted Education (AAE) 

Animal-assisted education is a goal oriented, planned and structured intervention directed by a general education or special education professional. The focus of the activities is on academic goals, prosocial skills and cognitive functioning with student progress being both measured and documented. 

Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) 

Animal-assisted activities provide opportunities for motivational, educational and/or recreational benefits to enhance quality of life. While more informal in nature, these activities are delivered by a specially trained professional, paraprofessional and/or volunteer, in partnership with an animal that meets specific criteria for suitability.

Of the above listed categories, the last one - Animal Assisted Activities is typically the one most people think of when it comes to therapy work. These activities are not typically goal-oriented as AAT and AAE are. Visiting long term care facilities to bring some joy to the elderly. Visiting children in the hospital to brighten their day.Dogs sitting and listening to kids read at a library program. Though these are the more commonly thought of scenarios for therapy work, there are more and more possibilities opening up every year. 

While many people are interested in therapy work with their dogs, most dogs really are not suitable for therapy work. Dogs must not just be tolerant of a wide variety of people, they must love people. If dogs don't love the work they are doing, they will not make it as therapy dogs. 

Dogs must not just love people but must be very calm around people - strangers, really - to do therapy work. Your dog might love people, but if your dog can't be polite and calm when greeting, then therapy work is not for them. 

In addition to loving people and being calm around them, your dog must also have some training and reliably respond to you in a public setting with other people around. While we think of the dog doing the "therapy" it really is about the teamwork between you and your dog. If you do not have a strong connection with your dogand reliable responses, you won't likely pass an evaluation to be approved as a team. 

If you think your dog might enjoy therapy work and would be good at it, we encourage you to look into it and give it a go! 

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Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton Area

Puppy Preschool: open enrollment on Sundays and Wednesdays (no class 8/24, 8/28, 8/31 & 9/4)
Puppy Recess: most Sundays noon to 1 pm (no Recess 8/28 & 9/4)
Basic Training: new classes start Sunday 8/14 & Wednesday 8/10
Juvenile Delinquents: new classes start Sunday 8/14 & Thursday 8/4
Intermediate Training: new class starts Thursday 8/4
Rally for Fun: none scheduled at this time
Polite Pooches in Public: none scheduled at this time 
Fun & Games Class: new class starts Sunday 8/21
Canine Good Citizen Class & Test: new class started Sunday 6/19; test is scheduled for 8/14; no new classes will be scheduled this year
Therapy Dog Class NEW! new class starts Thursday, 10/6 
Are you working toward your dog becoming a therapy dog but not sure what you need to work on or want help? Think your dog would be a good therapy dog but not sure? This class will help you determine whether your dog would be good at it, would actually enjoy it and if s/he is ready for it. 

Upcoming Classes in Castle Rock/Sedalia

Basic Training: new class will start this fall, contact us if interested 
Juvenile Delinquents: new class will start this fall, contact us if interested

Upcoming Events at The Light of Dog Farm

Nature Walks: August 13, 6:00 pm
VIP DaySept 104:00-6:00 pm

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Sue Brown, behavior consultant, dog trainer and writer extraordinaire andEd Soehnel, product and farm manager grunt.

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