TESSD Therapy Dog Training Course Guidelines:
- Dogs must in good health, sound body, and well groomed.
- All age of dogs can participate in class.
- Handlers can be 13 and up (supervised by an adult if under 18).
- Dogs must be trained using only positive training techniques.
- Dogs may wear harnesses, flat collars, or head collars.
- No choke or prong collars allowed.
- Dogs can never show fear, shyness, aggression, or agitation.
- If they get startled they should recover quickly.
The Exceptional Sidekick Facility Dogs are trained to perform tasks that would help in all types of work environments. For many of these facilities the dog might just need to lay with a person to make them feel more comfortable. If needed, they can go a step further and apply Deep Pressure Therapy during treatments. Facility dogs can also be trained to retrieve for rehabilitation and do tricks as rewards for desirable behaviors at school. They offer unconditional love and comfort to everyone they meet. They bring a sense of calmness and security to clients who might be struggling in the moment. They are essentially full-time therapy dogs with some extra training to suit your needs.
Facility dogs are exceptionally trained therapy dogs who partner with a handler to accompany them to work in countless different professions such as:
Physical Therapists Nursing Homes
Mental Health Professionals Special Education Teams