So many people benefit from the comfort and support provided by Therapy Dog teams.
Escondido, California (PRWEB) May 29, 2014
K9 Dog Park® in conjunction with nonprofit organization, K9 Therapy and Medical Assist Network Inc, announces the launch of the “PAWS of Hope." PAWS of Hope is a program designed to provide therapy dog owner teams for visitation to nursing homes, hospitals and elderly care facilities to dog-therapy patients. The therapy dog teams elicit responses from patients who are typically withdrawn and limited in their abilities. Stroking the back of a dog leads to more movement from the patient and thus increased physical activity. The introduction of dogs increase interaction among individuals and promote a positive change in self-esteem.
Penny DiLoreto, owner of K9 Dog Park® stated: “So many people in San Diego County area and beyond benefit from the comfort and support that therapy dog teams provide. K9 Dog Park and K9 Therapy and Medical Assist Network Inc. together will bring more of these teams into the community which can make a real difference. That is why we are supporting this worthy organization.”
K9 Dog Park® assists in the PAWS of Hope program by regulating, testing and registration of volunteer/therapy dog teams as follows;
Dog and owner complete a 6 week therapy dog training course and pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Dog must be evaluated by a K9 Therapy and Medical Assist Network Inc evaluator. Dog must be at least one year old.
K9 Therapy and Medical Assist Network Inc has non-profit status under 501c(3) and provides certification, insurance and visitation connections for Therapy Dogs and their owners.