Another FULL class of eight teams completed their therapy dog training course with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs this past Sunday. Next step for these course graduates is an individual evaluation held on site at a nursing home.
Here, the evaluator will put the team through a variety of situations like approaching, greeting, and interacting with a resident in a wheelchair, or visiting a bedridden resident in his room. All the while, the evaluator will watch for the handler’s ability to communicate with her dog. Teamwork is key. If all goes well, the team will pass the evaluation and be given paperwork to fill out and send in to Bright Spot. Once the paperwork is received, the team will receive their Welcome Packet including: Certificate of Certification, volunteer liability insurance coverage document, identification badges for handler and dog, Bright Spot vest for dog and t-shirt for handler. The team’s next step is to choose a facility to visit from our List of Visiting Opportunities for Volunteers containing over 160 healthcare and educational facilities throughout New England that request visits from our well-trained Bright Spot Therapy Dog Teams.
If you’ve been thinking of getting your dog certified with Bright Spot, now is the time. By the New Year, you’ll be ready to start visiting as a certified therapy dog team. That’s a great New Year’s Resolution to make!
Details about our training/evaluation/certification process can be found on our website. Please note that dogs must be at least one year old (I always say, The older the better) and if you adopted your dog from a rescue, the dog must have lived with you for at least one year.
The last class of 2016 starts on November 6th. There are still a few spaces left in class. Don’t delay. Sign up today! Sharing your dog with those in need is a wonderful way to start 2017.