Therapy & Service Dogs

“Awesome dogs changing lives for challenged people.”

Pamela’s Training for Therapy/Service Dogs primary mission is to educate both children and adults about disabilities and the role that service dogs play in society, in addition to the important health benefits, both physical and emotional, these dogs provide for the recipients. Service and Therapy Dogs are instrumental in removing many barriers faced by today’s disabled. Far Fetched Tales Dog Training offers hours of Service Work to various causes for therapy and service dog support.

In addition to physically assisting those with disabilities, therapy and service dogs are extremely useful in removing many of the barriers faced by the disabled in today’s society. One recipient made the value of this skill quite clear when asked by a reporter what she liked best about her service dog. She responded, “My service dog makes my wheelchair disappear.”

Pamela’s Training for Therapy/Service Dogs provides the community with a much needed service and, with your help, ensures that the bond between owner and companion animal remains strong.

SNIFFING OUT NEW WAYS TO HELP:

Experts predict that as time goes on, dogs will be trained to deal with many other human conditions in ways not yet contemplated. Already, for example, returning waves of severely injured military personnel have spurred some service-dog groups to investigate new ways to help.

Therapy/Service Dogs assist physical and occupational therapists in meeting specific goals or “measured results” important to a patient’s recovery. These dogs are used to help anyone suffering from a stroke, physical injury, or trauma. Far Fetched Tales teams up with trained therapists to use agility equipment and dog tricks as recreational therapy techniques. The end result encourages a patient to regain mobility, strength, range of motion, balance and confidence.
Services are quoted on a case by case basis.

DISTINCTION BETWEEN A THERAPY DOG AND A SERVICE DOG

Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a senior in assisted living, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.  Therapy dogs are not service dogs. 

Service dogs are dogs who are specially trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has a disability. An example of a service dog is a dog who guides an owner who is blind, or a dog who assists someone who has a physical disability. Service dogs stay with their person and have special access privileges in public places such as on planes, restaurants, etc. Therapy dogs, do not have the same special access as service dogs.

It is unethical to attempt to pass off a therapy dog as a service dog for purposes such as flying on a plane or being admitted to a restaurant.

AKC THERAPY DOG 

The purpose of this program is to recognize AKC dogs and their owners who have given their time and helped people by volunteering as a therapy dog and owner team.  Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

To earn an AKC Therapy Dog™ title, you and your dog must meet certain criteria:

Perform the required number of visits for the title for which you are applying.  For your convenience in helping you track your visits, you can use the AKC Therapy Dog Record of  Visits Sheet found on the AKC website. 

The AKC Therapy Dog™ program awards official AKC titles to dogs who have worked to improve the lives of the people they have visited.

 

THERAPY PETS UNLIMITED

As your pet evaluator, we will determine if your dog is acceptable to visit.  Before having us evaluate your pet, please provide a health certificate and and your volunteer application has been processed.  Once your pet’s health certification and volunteer application is in place we will then test your dog by appointment only or during a set test date and site.   

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