Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club

Gator Collins Therapy Dog Fire Hat medium

One of the Golden jobs that is listed by most of our members as an interest is Therapy Dog.  But, while many are interested, few know how to get started.
 
What makes a good therapy dog?   Are all dogs suited for therapy “work”?  What is the role of the handler during a therapy visit?  Are therapy dogs allowed everywhere?  Can an older dog become a therapy dog?  How about a rescue?  What types of places do therapy dogs visit?   What type of training is needed?  Where do I go to get started?  All these questions and more will be answered by Laurie Collins at our next PVGRC Zoom meeting, scheduled for Monday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m.

IMG 3139 Gator Collins Therapy Dog Field medium
 
Laurie has “officially” done therapy visits since 1998 with five Goldens and two mixed-breeds.  Places visited have included a homeless shelter’s preschool day-care center, a special ed school, Walter Reed Army Hospital, a local hospital, nursing homes, special requests, and the Pentagon Family Assistance Center after 9/11.   Currently, her Golden, Gator, visits Police and Fire 911 Communications, the Office of Emergency Management, BWMC, and the Capitol Police.  Her mixed-breed, Bridget, while sidelined from her hospice visits due to COVID, visits staff at BWMC occasionally as well.  

IMG 1129 Gator Collins 2020 Polar Bear Plunge medium

Please join us on November 1 at 7:00 p.m. to learn about the work that Laurie does and find out how you can get started as well.
 
Mark your calendars.  Zoom details to follow.