Animal Assisted Therapy

Many of us know that dogs make us feel better just by having them around us, but there are situations where a dog can provide that little bit of support to another in their temporary time of need.

Several organizations provide certification in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and many Toller owners have taken advantage of the opportunities offered to use the training they have already put into their dogs to give something back to their communities. Owners with AAT dogs participate in many different activities such as school visits to assist with reading programs, or ‘pet therapy’ events at airports or universities where travellers or students can take a few minutes to visit with a well-behaved dog and feel their stress levels reduce.

As with many initiatives there are several organizations, each with their own focus, so it is up to the interested dog owner to do their research and reach out to fellow dog owners before deciding which group to join.

The following links are provided for information only and the NSDTRCC does not endorse nor confirm any of the information held within the linked pages.

Animal Assisted Therapy Organizations: Canada

CHIMO ANIMAL and WELLNESS LEARNING SOCIETY
www.caawls.org

PET PARTNERS
petpartners.org/

ST. JOHN AMBULANCE
Therapy Dog Program
www.sja.ca

VANCOUVER ECOVILLAGE
http://www.vanecovillage.com/certification

Animal Assisted Therapy Organizations: International

ALLIANCE OF THERAPY DOGS
www.therapydogs.com/

AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB LISTING
www.akc.org/

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