Syracuse University invited high school students to spend a few days on campus and be a part of a summer college program. PAWS of CNY volunteers and their therapy dogs attended camp for an afternoon to visit the participants. The volunteers and their dogs met the student outside of Shaw Hall for a chance to unwind and relax and enjoy the benefits of pet therapy.
On Wednesday, August 2, PAWS of CNY volunteers and their therapy dogs attended a picnic that was held by Advocates Inc., a Central New York-based organization that aims to empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The picnic was held at Longbranch Park in Liverpool and the attendees were given the chance to enjoy the company and companionship of several PAWS of CNY therapy dogs. It was an evening of fun with music, food, and lots of engaging activities for all to enjoy.
PAWS of CNY’s therapy dogs are the real stars of our program. Walk through the halls with one of our therapy dogs in one of the many hospitals, nursing homes, or schools where our dogs regularly frequent, or even the Syracuse Hancock International airport, and you’ll hear patients, residents, travelers, and visitors greet the dogs by name. Often, those we interact with want a token to remember their new friend or a photo to share with friends and family. To give our new friends something to remember us, this year, PAWS of CNY created therapy dog trading cards for distribution at pet therapy visits and events.
Think your dog has what it takes to be a therapy dog? Wondering if you could both benefit from a few training courses so that you ace the evaluation test? Our Therapy Dog Training Course registration is now open!
Therapy Dog Class
Led by Danielle Basciano – CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
9/14/2017 – 10/12/2017
Cicero Animal Clinic
Registration for this class is currently closed. Please check back soon for information on our next available training class.
This five-week therapy dog training course is designed to prepare dogs to pass the PAWS of CNY certification, as well as to provide ongoing education to dogs and handlers who are already certified. The course is not mandatory in order for a dog to be evaluated. It is, however, encouraged for dogs who are good candidates for pet therapy work but may need assistance perfecting some of the certification criteria or for folks who just want to learn more about what it takes to be a certified therapy dog team.
Some of the topics this course will cover include:
– Signs of stress and body language
– Evaluation test items
– Handling skills and focus work
– How to read and respond appropriately to canine stress signals
– Introduction to and handling around medical apparatus
– Visit simulation to practice new skills (last class)
Classes are taught by Danielle Basciano, former President of PAWS of CNY, and a certified professional dog trainer.
Class Length: 5 sessions
Class Size: up to 8 dogs
PLEASE NOTE: The PAWS of CNY Certification provides accreditation for handlers and their dogs to attend PAWS of CNY sanctioned AAA and AAT pet therapy visits only. PAWS of CNY does not certify emotional support dogs, guide dogs, and other service dogs.
Children from the Brady Faith Center in Syracuse were treated to an educational visit from PAWS of CNY’s therapy dogs on Wednesday, July 19. The purpose of the event was to help educate the children about the benefits of pet therapy, and about the power of animals to heal the soul.