PAWS of CNY, Inc., in partnership with the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs’ Community Link Program, has conducted research that indicates the positive emotional benefits of pet therapy for college students. The data was collected from 46 Syracuse University students and faculty members who attended an on-campus PAWS of CNY pet therapy event, and 41 students who attended a similar event at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. Seventy-seven percent of respondents were aged 18-24. The survey findings demonstrated a potential causal link to positive health and emotional benefits of pet therapy, as 83 percent of survey respondents reported that they felt “extremely happy” after attending the PAWS of CNY event.
PAWS of CNY therapy pet teams were thrilled to be a part of the Kids’ Expo, presented by Family Times, on Saturday, April 14 at the Syracuse Fairgrounds. The purpose of the event was to give families a chance to plan their summer in just one day. Click below to see a photo gallery of our pet therapy teams visiting with kids and their families.
On Sunday, April 8, Jessica Marabella and her certified PAWS of CNY therapy dog, Blue, met with Laura Hand on CNY Central to discuss PAWS of CNY’s therapy pet recruitment efforts in Oswego County. Watch the video below to learn how your dog or cat could make a difference to those in need in Oswego County.
Special thanks to NBC 3 and Weekend Today in Central New York TV anchor at PAWS of CNY volunteer Laura Hand for welcoming us on the air.
Certified therapy dog, Moose visited the set of CNY Central on NBC 3 and her Mom, Laura, on the morning of Sunday, March 18 to help encourage others in the community to volunteer with PAWS of CNY. Moose was on set with PAWS of CNY President, Jessica Marabella, to talk about the organization’s goals to add ore certified pet therapy teams in Cayuga and Oswego counties.
This class is Currently Full. Please check back for future therapy dog class opportunities.
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 TrainingCourse registration is now open!
Therapy Dog Class
Led by Danielle Basciano – CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
2/27/2018 – 3/27/2018
Cicero Animal Clinic
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
Click here to register.
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.