Nice to see your thread started about getting Zeus into TD work!
We need more Dobes in therapy work...
Here is link Spock's Therapy Dog thread: https://www.dobermantalk.com/doberma...ing-buddy.html
Here is link to Pet Partners "I Want To Volunteer" page: https://petpartners.org/volunteer/vo...-pet-partners/
The CGC is an excellent primer for the Pet Partner's team evaluation, sans the medical equipment and simulated, slightly crazed persons.
Here is a YouTube video showing an example of Pet Partners Team Eval: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsOSiLQ4wH4
But first, you'll have to take the online Therapy Dog Handler's course.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Spock Therapy Dog Update 7/1/19: (also posted on his TD thread)
Since school is out for summer, Spock & I are getting our toes/paws wet into Hospice Visits. Several of our local Delta Pet Partners SA affiliate members are doing this work now. I went to Hospice office today with Spock to meet about 40 employees of the Hospice service organization. I met the Volunteer Coordinator (VC) at our annual Pet Partners meeting/workshop this last Saturday.
I gave Spock a chamois bath this morning and did his nails, just like we do during school year for the Read With Me visits. We dressed out in our vest/Pet partner's shirt uniforms and headed to the office. When I said we're "going to school", Spock jumped up and ran to the garage door with his nub just a waggin'!
He has been moping around the house since being on summer vacations from his school visits.
During today's visit, Spock was calm, but interested and a bit reserved as we went from office to office at the hospice organization. He was himself when getting praise, scratches and attention from the (40) some, mostly female, employees. We even went into the lunchroom where he sniffed out something in a casserole tray under the microwave.
Spock laid down in the conference room after visiting everyone in the office, while Sam & I went over details of the organization and visits. Only one woman was afraid to pet him, but later came into the training room to see him where another group of employees was petting him.
This month, we'll do a shadow visit to a hospice facility along with another PP therapy dog team, similar to our first elementary school visit training. Then hopefully, shortly thereafter, Spock and I will make our first hospice visit. We will gradually phase these into our school visits when school resumes in late Aug.
I am currently also training our female Dobe, Eva, for the Pet Partner's Team Eval in August, as well. She has done well in initial training. Eva has had Basic Obedience, but not the CGC, like Spock.
Good luck to you and Zeus! PM me if you need any additional info or pointers about the Pet Partners registration process.