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Next session is December 8th
(AAA) Animal-assisted activities like DogAbility, provide opportunities for motivation, education, or recreation to enhance quality of life. Animal assisted activities are delivered in a variety of environments by specially trained professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers in association with animals that meet specific criteria.
DogAbility provides an interactive, canine-assisted activities program to a wide variety of children and adults. These individuals are paired with a skilled team of handlers, dogs and professionals in various areas of canine training and therapeutic experience. We do this by combining elements of canine sports such as found in Agility, Rally O, Treiball and Flyball. We also offer activities like reading to dogs, a puppy play group, hikes with dogs as well as quiet one-one-one visits.
We welcome volunteers from many areas as well as HS and College community service students and interns. Besides fulfilling their graduation requirements or perhaps a Mitzvah project, they may also benefit by a “hands on” experience at DogAbility that relate to social work, special education as well as behavior and dog training, and may inspire them as well as help build their resume for continuing education and employment opportunities.
In our DogAbility program we only use qualified dogs that are assisted by skilled handlers who have completed our handler education course. We also welcome pet families who would like to prepare their dogs for therapy work in DogAbility activities as well as in other settings.
A good description of dogs working with autistic children is here: Therapy dogs serve kids with Autism
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