Finding Your Niche With Therapy Dogs
CCPDT-KA CEUs: 1.5
IAABC CEUs: 1.5
KPA CEUs: 1.5
Duration: 57 min
Even the best therapy dogs may not work well with every patient and student population – and that goes for their handlers, too. Maybe a certain type of patient makes you nervous, or maybe your dog’s personality is better suited to a specific environment. There are so many different people who could benefit from your visit … but you don’t have to visit all of them. Find your niche as we explore different populations, their facilities, and the characteristics of a good therapy team fit.
Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, is the owner of Pawsitive Results, L.L.C. (www.getpawsitiveresults.com), which offers reward-based training for the family dog in the South Carolina Midlands. A professional dog trainer for more than 17 years, she is the author of Your Outta Control Puppy, The Super Simple Guide to Housetraining and Puppy Care and Training. Her Quick and Easy Crate Training book earned a Maxwell Medallion in the 2005 Dog Writers Association of America awards competition. She also is a regular columnist for Modern Dog magazine and contributing author to Christmas Dogs: A Literary Companion and A Dog Trainer’s Resource: The APDT Chronicle of the Dog Collection (I and II). Teoti has been interviewed for Southern Living, New York Times, DogFancy, Puppies USA, Whole Dog Journal and other national publications. A popular conference speaker, she has given presentations to pet owners and fellow trainers across the United States and in Japan. Teoti served on the board of directors of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) for six years, serving as President from 2004-2006. The APDT, founded by renowned veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar, is the largest organization of dog trainers in the world. She is a founding member of the Carolinas Trainers Forum, a networking group of APDT trainers in North and South Carolina. She serves as a consultant on canine training and behavior for local and national dog rescue groups. Teoti is actively involved in animal-assisted activities and therapy with the Delta Society, an international nonprofit organization that promotes the human-animal bond. Teoti became the first Delta Society Pet Partner in the Carolinas with her beloved three-legged Labrador Retriever Cody, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in January 2005. Now Labrador Logan and Papillon Finian continue the tradition as Pet Partners, enjoying visits to patients in a variety of healthcare facilities across the Midlands. In 1999, Teoti, Cody, and tabby cat Sebastian earned the Delta Society Beyond Limits National Therapy Team of the Year Award. In addition to her volunteer work as a Pet Partner, she also serves the Delta Society as a Team Training Instructor and Evaluator, and is co-chair of the National Team Evaluator Advisory Council. Teoti is a founding member of Prescription Paws, a local Delta Society Pet Partner affiliate. The group visits healthcare patients, offers dog bite prevention programs to children and gives presentations to civic, healthcare and other groups.
Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.