Luckdragon's Angels therapy pets and their handlers are trained to work in
medical facilities safely and without impeding patient care. Visits from our
teams are positive ones for our client patients, residents and staff alike.
We do not do basic obedience training. Every pet that we evaluate must
provide proof of passing the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test
or Delta Society's therapy pet testing. These tests demonstrate to us
that the pet has "public manners"; that the owner can control their pet; and
that the handler is willing to conform to these standards of training prior
to our own Luckdragon's Angels' evaluations.
By having a CGC and/or Delta Society title on every one of our therapy dogs
and other certified pets, Luckdragon's Angels can assure the institutions
that want our visiting teams, as well as our insurers, that our visiting
pets are stable in temperament and well suited for this demanding work.
Photo by Martin Roots
Therapy dog Pukak delights both patients and staff alike
All Luckdragon's Angels therapy pets must provide proof of rabies
inoculation as mandated by NH law, as well as a signed health certificate
from their primary care veterinarians stating that these animals are healthy
enough to do this work. The health certificate must also attest that the pet
is free of communicable diseases and internal and external pests such
as fleas, ticks and worms.
Therapy pets must also be spotlessly clean before
all visits. Professional grooming is not required, but we request that
therapy pets be bathed prior to each visit. Doing so not only presents more
attractive animals for our clients to interact with, but also reduces
the amount of pet dander that many people are allergic to.
For a comprehensive look at what this rewarding work entails, we recommend an outstanding book: Therapy Dogs - Training Your Dog to Reach Others, 2nd Edition by Kathy Diamond Davis.
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more information about the AKC's Canine Good Citizen program and Delta Society testing.