PAWS of CNY members are invited to attend our annual membership meeting. This year’s event will take place on Monday, March 12 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Baldwinsville Public Library. This year’s meeting will provide members with an update on the state of the organization and will include a guest speaker. Members should watch for an email invitation to RSVP.
PAWS of CNY, Inc., Central New York’s largest non-profit provider of pet-assisted wellness services, will be holding free therapy pet evaluations by appointment only at Kehoskie’s K-9 Care in Auburn on Sunday, March 25. Residents of Auburn and the surrounding Cayuga County region who are interested in certifying their dog or cat to participate in PAWS of CNY’s pet therapy program are encouraged to submit an application to PAWS of CNY and book an appointment. Qualified applicants will be scheduled for evaluations on March 25.
PAWS of CNY Treasurer Martina St. Leger and her Labrador Mix, Dory, and Vice President Beth Tollar and her Golden Retriever, Cooper, were interviewed on Syracuse Channel 9’s morning program, Bridge Street, on Tuesday, January 16. Hosts TeNesha Murphy and Sistina Giordano spoke with Martina and Beth about the benefits of pet therapy, and the impact PAWS of CNY is making in the Central New York community.
Special thank you to PAWS of CNY volunteer and Bridge Street Producer Hilary Ranucci for inviting PAWS of CNY to be guests on Bridge Street! Click below to watch the segment.
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?
Therapy Dog Class
Led by Danielle Basciano – CDBC, ACCBC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
1/11/2018 – 2/8/2018
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
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.
On Sunday, December 17, PAWS of CNY held a bookfair fundraiser at Barnes & Noble in Clay. PAWS of CNY treated young shoppers to a dog-themed Christmas ornament craft while a variety of fluffy, friendly, certified therapy pets greeted shoppers and helped to ease holiday shopping stress.