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TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2012 © 1
Therapy Dogs Incorporated (TDInc.) Prospective Member Presentation Welcome to the world of pet therapy, one of the most rewarding activities you can do with your special dog. You are viewing a presentation that will introduce you to our organization, Therapy Dogs Incorporated (TDInc.), and explain the process for you to become a registered member with your dog. All materials in this presentation are copyrighted and/or registered and may not be reproduced. TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 2
What Is Pet Therapy? What Is Pet Therapy? Pet therapy activities include: Visiting schools, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries and any facilities where interaction(s) with dogs would benefit people Petting, brushing, or just looking at the dog With permission, carefully placing small dogs on a persons lap or on the bed Doing simple tricks or obedience routines to entertain and to help people take their minds off their problems Walking alongside the dog and owner, or throwing toys for fetching games TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 3
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Would My Dog Make a Therapy Dog? Would My Dog Make a Therapy Dog? Characteristics of a good therapy dog: Is at least one year old Remains calm around distractions and other dogs Enjoys interaction with people Allows strangers to pet him Is at ease around medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes Listens to his handler TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 5
Distinction Of Therapy Dogs From Assistance Dogs TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2012 © 6 Therapy dogs provide a therapeutic benefit to the general public. They are not eligible for public access rights. Assistance dogs give direct assistance to the disabled. They allow their owners to function independently and are recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which gives them public access rights. Handlers shall not misrepresent TDInc. registered dogs as assistance dogs unless the animal assists the handler as defined in the Americans With Disabilities Act.
How Do I Get Involved? Contact the TDInc. office toll free 877-843-7364 www.therapydogs.com to find a tester/observer (T/O) near you.www.therapydogs.com TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 7
Does A Therapy Dog Have To Be A Purebred? No, any dog of any size, breed or mix of breeds with the right temperament and good manners can be a therapy dog. For insurance reasons, TDInc. cannot register wolves or wolf-hybrids, coyotes or coyote-hybrids. TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 8
What Is Required Of The Handler? What Is Required Of The Handler? If you become a registered therapy team, you must agree to: Make a minimum of 1 visit every 3 months Follow all TDInc. Rules and Regulations Carry your current TDInc. membership card and your dogs vaccination records on all visits when representing TDInc. Take your dog to a veterinarian every year for physical and fecal exams TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 9
What is the Testing Process? The prospective member contacts a T/O to arrange a TDInc. test. A T/O must offer the test within 3 months of being contacted. The T/O must perform the handling portion of the test prior to allowing the teams in a facility. Once a team passes the handling portion of the test, they must pass three successful observations in the field. Two out of three of these must be in a medical facility. TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 10
What To Bring To The Test And Observations? Proof of current rabies vaccination or minimum titer levels of 0.5 IU or as required by your state Proof of negative fecal exam 4 foot or shorter leash (no flexi, chain, elastic or bungee leads) TDInc. approved collar such as: buckle, slip, martingale, etc. (no electronic or prong collars) Pick up bags, water, a towel in case of muddy feet No treats allowed during the handling portion of the test. Treats are allowed during the observations Clean, casual attire (no skimpy, tight-fitting clothing, or shoes without backs) TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 11
What Happens After We Pass? The T/O explains the application process and reviews the rules. The handler is responsible for sending in to the corporate office the completed paperwork which includes (must be the originals) the test, application, release of claims, test evaluation form, proof of rabies and proof of negative fecal exam. As soon as the team receives the official membership packet from TDInc. including membership card, red heart-shaped therapy tag, and Member Handbook that includes all the rules, the team may begin visiting! TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 12
The following items are required to be returned for TDInc. membership TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 13 Current year completed application form Signed prospective member release of claims form Proof of current rabies vaccination or minimum titer levels of 0.5 IU or as required by your state Completed TDInc. test form Appropriate fees Test evaluation form The forms may be found on the TDInc. website http://www.therapydogs.com/Become_A_Member.a spx
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Why Should I Register My Dog With TDInc.? Registration proves to the administration of a facility that you and your dog have been tested and are covered by TDInc.s liability insurance. This insurance covers people you visit in the event of injury or illness as a result of contact with your dog. It does not cover you or your dog from injury or illness as a result of your participation in this program. TDInc. insurance covers you as long as you are working as a volunteer and are following all organizational rules. TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © 15
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Thank you for your interest in pet therapy and for viewing our presentation. We hope you have found answers to your questions and that you will be joining us in our mission to bring smiles and joy to people through sharing your special dogs. Conclusion TDInc. Prospective Member Presentation 2013 © For more information about membership or testing, please contact the TDInc. Office Toll free 877-843-7364 firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit the TDInc. web site at www.therapydogs.com www.therapydogs.com View and print out an application, the test and other important membership documents at http://www.therapydogs.com/Become_A_Member.aspx. http://www.therapydogs.com/Become_A_Member.aspx 17
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