Visits to your Facility

 

Welcome!  Congratulations on deciding to add the benefits that Therapy Dogs can bring to your facility.  

 

Research has shown that positive interactions with animals can have a strong impact in health-related settings. Positive changes have been seen in people developing resilience, self-reliance, and in making progress in treatment.  The following are just some of the benefits noted:

 

  • – improvement of social attention, behavior, interpersonal interaction, and             mood

  • – reduction of stress-related parameters such as cortisol, heart rate, and blood    pressure

  • – reduction of self-reported fear and anxiety

  • – improvement of mental and physical health, especially cardiovascular health

  • – improved pain management

  • – increased trustworthiness of and trust toward other persons

  • – reduced aggression

  • – enhanced empathy and

  • – improved learning.

 

Why choose Pawsibilities Unleashed Pet Therapy Teams?

 
  • We provide liability insurance for all our current teams

  • We require all therapy teams to complete an obedience class through us

  • Teams are re-evaluated each year to ensure they continue to have suitability for therapy work

  • All animals meet our guidelines for non-aggression

  • All handlers must adhere to our policies and procedures manual

  • All handlers must attend at least 10 supervised visits with experienced teams before being allowed to do visits on their own.

 

What do I need to do to start a Therapy Program at our Facility?

 

Access your facility:  Where do you want therapy teams to visit?  Where will visiting teams have the most impact?  What level of staff involvement can you provide?  

 

Educate administration and staff:  Let everyone know therapy teams will be visiting and where they will be in the facility.  Let them know who the contact person is if there is a problem.  

 

Determine Internal Protocols:  

  • Who will be the point person for your therapy team volunteers?

  • What site specific orientation will they need?

  • What area of the grounds can animals use for breaks?

  • Are there any additional requirements for your facility, such as completing a background check or additional health screenings you need to commicate to volunteers?

  • Make sure your facility signs off on the visits.

  • How will you determine who will receive visits?

  • How will you screen clients for concerns such as allergies or fear of dogs?

  • Where will visits occur?

  • How often do you want visits to occur? 

  • How many teams do you want to visit at once?

  • What do you want the teams to do on their visits?

 

Fill out our Therapy Visit Request form to give us as much information as you can about your therapy visit.