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We are in need of a team lead for this program.  If you are interested in helping us get this program off the ground, and in visiting patients . . . please contact the organization!
 

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MIA BELLA DONNA
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COOPER
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To learn more and set up an appointment to have your dog certified & tested, please click this link.

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   A N N O U N C I N G . . . .
   FIRST 2 dogs certified . . . .
Cooper & Mia Bella Donna
 
On Sat, Oct 27 the first two dogs which are  representing Friends Fur Life were certified.  Both dogs received Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International certification.  (CGC & TDI) 
 
The dogs belong to Teresa Schultz and Valerie Jones, who have been working with the dogs since 2006.  On Sat Oct 27 the dogs were tested at Four Paws Playground in Bloomsbury, NJ and both passed with flying colors, stated Valerie Jones, Director of the group.  Along with the dogs being certified, the handlers also become certified so this is a major accomplishment for all. 
 
Val & Teresa had been working diligently behind the scene to secure a location for certification, they also provided the rules and regulations published on this site for others who may elect to join the  group, and are looking into the various other required elements to begin expanding and certifying Friends Fur Life dogs.  
 
The Pet Therapy group was founded at the request of Suzanne, who said when sitting in the chemo chairs, the days that the dogs visit, are the best.  The dogs help you forget why you are in the chair, and provide unconditional love. 
 
Our goal for this group is to visit cancer patients in their homes, at the hospital and also during their treatments at the cancer center. 
 
In 2008 at the 3rd Annual Walking with Friends Event it is our hope that both Cooper & Mia Bella Donna will be present to lead the way. 
 
For additional information on the group, or on how you can participate please email:  FFL@friendsofsuzanne.com
 
Congratulations

R E Q U I R E M E N T S
 
So you want your dog to be certified in Pet Therapy?  
 
Well in order to achieve this goal your dog must pass the Therapy Dogs International testing.   
 

 

 

If you would like to become involved with Friends Fur Life, please send an email to FFL@friendsofsuzanne.com.

Friends Fur Life will schedule a date for testing to be administered.  We will notify you when testing is set up.  In the meantime please start working with your dog on the following:

 

Information below is provided by Therapy Dogs International, Inc. 

 

Demonstrating confidence and control, the dog must complete these 10 steps of the AKC/CGC test and the additional TDI requirements which include Test #11.

(Note:  At check-in, before beginning Test 1 the owner must present a current rabies certificate and any other state or locally required inoculation certificate and licenses.)

 

TEST 1:  ACCEPTING A FRIENDLY STRANGER

 

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.  The Evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries.  The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness and must not break position or try to go to the Evaluator. 

 

The dog must be tested around medical equipment (such as a wheelchair, crutches, cane, walker, or other devices which would ordinarily be found in a facility) to judge the dog’s reactions to common health care equipment.  At the discretion of the Evaluator, this part of the test may be included in any of the following tests: 2, 3, 5 or 9.

 

TEST 2:  SITTING POLITELY FOR PETTING

 

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler.  The dog should sit at the handler’s side as the Evaluator approaches and begins to pet the dog on the head and body only.  The dog may stand in place to accept petting.  The dog must now show shyness or resentment. 

 

TEST 3:  APPEARANCE AND GROOMING

 

This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit a stranger, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner to do so.  It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern and sense of responsibility.  The Evaluator inspects the dog, then combs or brushes the dog, and lightly examines the ears and each front foot. 

 

TEST 4:  OUT FOR A WALK

(Walking on a Loose Leash)

 

This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog.  The dog can be on either side of the handler, whichever the handler prefers.  There must be a left turn, a right turn and an about turn, with at least one stop in between and another at the end.  The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. 

 

 

TEST 5:  WALKING THROUGH A CROWD

 

This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places.  The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).  The dog may show some interest in the strangers, without appearing over exuberant, shy or resentful.  The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test.  The dog should not be straining at the leash. 

 

 

TEST 6:  SIT AND DOWN ON COMMAND/STAYING IN PLACE

 

This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s command to sit and down, and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers).  The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to make the dog sit and then down.  When instructed by the Evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of a 20-foot line.  The dog must remain in place, but may change positions. 

 

TEST 7:  COMING WHEN CALLED

 

This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler.  The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog.  The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come.  Handlers may choose to tell the dog to “stay” or “wait”, or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog as the Evaluator provides mild distraction (e.g., petting).

 

TEST 8:  REACTION TO ANOTHER DOG

 

This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs.  Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 10 yards, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 5 yards.  The dogs should show no more than a casual interest in each other. 

 

 

TEST 9:  REACTIONS TO DISTRACTIONS

 

This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations, such as the dropping of a large book or a jogger running in front of the dog.  The dog may express a natural interest and curiosity and/or appear slightly startled, but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness or bark. 

 

Leave-It:  The handler with the dog on a loose leash walks past food on the ground (placed within a distance of three feet) and upon command, the dog should ignore the food.  (Please note:  TDI does not permit the use of food/treats during actual therapy dog visits). 

 

Acclimation to Infirmities:  This test demonstrates the dog’s confidence when exposed to people walking with an uneven gait, shuffling, breathing heavily, coughing, wheezing or other distractions which may be encountered in a facility. 

 

TEST 10:  SUPERVISED SEPERATION

 

This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain its training and good manners.  Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?”  and then take hold of the dog’s leash.  The owner will go out of sight for three minutes.  The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness.

 

TEST 11:  SAY HELLO

 

The TDI Certified Evaluator will test the willingness of each dog to visit a person and that the dog can be made readily accessible for petting (i.e., small dogs can be placed on a person’s lap or can be held, medium and larger dogs can sit on a chair or stand close to the patient to be easily reached. 

 

ADDITIONAL RULES FOR TDI TESTING

 

  1. Dogs must be tested on a plain buckle collar or harness.  Training collars, training harnesses, halties or any other corrective training devices are not permitted during testing or visiting as a TDI registered Therapy Dog. 
  2. Greyhounds are not required to sit for TDI Testing.

 

TDI additions to the AKC-CGC Test are in italics and printed in red. 

 

 

 Note:  Potential applicants are not required to take any therapy dog classes, which are not sanctioned by TDI. 

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(Top)Director, Valerie Jones,(l) with participant Katherine Johnson (r) at Walking with Friends walk in March 2006.
 
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Future Pet Therapy dog, after walk, resting. 



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