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Reading with Rover: Animal Therapy Team Prep

Is My Dog a Therapy Dog?

Handlers 12+ (youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian); Dogs 4+ months (must provide evidence of vaccinations)

Animal Therapy Team Prep 
Reading with Rover

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This class will help prepare you and your dog to successfully take the Reading with Rover therapy test (additional fee). Once you have passed the test, you will become a registered therapy team. Our teams volunteer in schools, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice (hospital and hospice visits require additional training).

Reading with Rover is a therapy dog program which started out as a community-based literacy program volunteering in the schools and libraries of the Puget Sound area. They now offer the comfort of therapy dogs at local hospitals, assisting living homes, rehabilitation facilities and are very popular college stress relievers!  Visit www.readingwithrover.org for more info.

Dogs must have basic obedience skills. In the class we will practice each test exercise using role play. Teams will receive coaching, as needed, to help pass the test, and to use in future visit situations. No aggressive dogs are allowed in class.

Instructors: For the past 15 years, instructor Diana Trupiano has been an active member of Reading with Rover children’s literacy charity, where she currently holds the positions of volunteer, event coordinator, team evaluator, team protocol mentor, therapy team evaluator and therapy prep instructor.

LouAnn Hepp had a 25 year+ career in the public schools as a teacher, behavior specialist, and trainer. She left her school career to follow her entrepreneur calling, starting a business to help village women and children in SE Asia. She currently co-owns a business focusing on malaria and other tropical diseases. Missing the milieu of public education, she and her therapy dog, Ruby, have been volunteering in schools since 2015.

Bring to class: Blanket, treat pouch, treats.

Prerequisite:  Dog must have basic obedience skills.

Location: M-Bar-C Ranch, 5264 Shore Meadow Road, Freeland

Schedule:  Thursdays| April 11-25 | 6pm-9pm

Fee:  $150 per dog**

** Additional $15-$45 for materials (optional) – Treats, pouches, leashes, training collars.

Min 4/Max 10

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Reactive Dog Clinic

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Work with your dog to gain confidence in social interactions

Adults*

Join us for this opportunity to work with others who also own reactive dogs, to gain confidence, calm, and capability. Teach your dog (and yourself) the self-confidence and the skills needed to relax, focus, and enjoy being around others – people, dogs, and other animals. The first meeting of each session is a humans-only orientation.

Pre-requisite: Participants must be able to keep physical control of their dog. We reserve the right to restrict any dog’s participation for any reason, for the safety of other dogs and participants. Evidence of current vaccinations required.

Bring: Collar, harness with chest-pull D-ring, treat bag, treats your dog loves, good stout leash (recommend waist belt), and water. Participants will need to bring printed evidence of current vaccinations, a signed Waiver, and a completed  Conflict History Questionnaire.

Instructor: Mark Helpenstell KPA-DTP has been training animals for 50+ years, working with hunting/retrieving dogs, stock dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, and other pets. He is an advocate of Positive Reinforcement Training, working with dogs, donkeys, mules, and cats. Mark has completed multiple Animal Behavior Certification and other courses. Mark got involved in donkey and mule rescue, and has been Clicker Training to rescue/recover frightened, confused and difficult animals. Visit the Facebook page: “Come on, Let’s Train.”

Location: South Whidbey Sports Complex and nearby trails at 5598 Langley Road, Langley. The first session (without dogs) may be moved indoors location TBA.

Schedule: Sundays, March 24-May 12*, Noon-1:00pm**

*No class on Sunday, March 31 & April 14

Fee: $150 per dog

Min 6/Max 20

*Teens welcome with a parent/guardian.

**If registration exceeds 10 dogs, we may split in 2 groups and add a 1:00-2:00pm session.

REGISTER HERE 

 

 

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Reactive Dog Clinic

REGISTER HERE 

Work with your dog to gain confidence in social interactions

Adults*

Join us for this opportunity to work with others who also own reactive dogs, to gain confidence, calm, and capability. Teach your dog (and yourself) the self-confidence and the skills needed to relax, focus, and enjoy being around others – people, dogs, and other animals. The first meeting of each session is a humans-only orientation.

Pre-requisite: Participants must be able to keep physical control of their dog. We reserve the right to restrict any dog’s participation for any reason, for the safety of other dogs and participants. Evidence of current vaccinations required.

Bring: Collar, harness with chest-pull D-ring, treat bag, treats your dog loves, good stout leash (recommend waist belt), and water. Participants will need to bring printed evidence of current vaccinations, a signed Waiver, and a completed  Conflict History Questionnaire.

Instructor: Mark Helpenstell KPA-DTP has been training animals for 50+ years, working with hunting/retrieving dogs, stock dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, and other pets. He is an advocate of Positive Reinforcement Training, working with dogs, donkeys, mules, and cats. Mark has completed multiple Animal Behavior Certification and other courses. Mark got involved in donkey and mule rescue, and has been Clicker Training to rescue/recover frightened, confused and difficult animals. Visit the Facebook page: “Come on, Let’s Train.”

Location: South Whidbey Sports Complex and nearby trails at 5598 Langley Road, Langley. The first session (without dogs) may be moved indoors location TBA.

Schedule: Sundays, March 24-May 12*, Noon-1:00pm**

*No class on Sunday, March 31 & April 14

Fee: $150 per dog

Min 6/Max 20

*Teens welcome with a parent/guardian.

**If registration exceeds 10 dogs, we may split in 2 groups and add a 1:00-2:00pm session.

REGISTER HERE 

 

 

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Reactive Dog Clinic

REGISTER HERE 

Work with your dog to gain confidence in social interactions

Adults*

Join us for this opportunity to work with others who also own reactive dogs, to gain confidence, calm, and capability. Teach your dog (and yourself) the self-confidence and the skills needed to relax, focus, and enjoy being around others – people, dogs, and other animals. The first meeting of each session is a humans-only orientation.

Pre-requisite: Participants must be able to keep physical control of their dog. We reserve the right to restrict any dog’s participation for any reason, for the safety of other dogs and participants. Evidence of current vaccinations required.

Bring: Collar, harness with chest-pull D-ring, treat bag, treats your dog loves, good stout leash (recommend waist belt), and water. Participants will need to bring printed evidence of current vaccinations, a signed Waiver, and a completed  Conflict History Questionnaire.

Instructor: Mark Helpenstell KPA-DTP has been training animals for 50+ years, working with hunting/retrieving dogs, stock dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, and other pets. He is an advocate of Positive Reinforcement Training, working with dogs, donkeys, mules, and cats. Mark has completed multiple Animal Behavior Certification and other courses. Mark got involved in donkey and mule rescue, and has been Clicker Training to rescue/recover frightened, confused and difficult animals. Visit the Facebook page: “Come on, Let’s Train.”

Location: South Whidbey Sports Complex and nearby trails at 5598 Langley Road, Langley. The first session (without dogs) may be moved indoors location TBA.

Schedule: Sundays, March 24-May 12*, Noon-1:00pm**

*No class on Sunday, March 31 & April 14

Fee: $150 per dog

Min 6/Max 20

*Teens welcome with a parent/guardian.

**If registration exceeds 10 dogs, we may split in 2 groups and add a 1:00-2:00pm session.

REGISTER HERE