Today’s therapy-dog handlers recognize the need to be teammates with their dogs. Teaming with one’s dog involves unobtrusively providing physical and emotional support as well as respectful guidance in what to do. Being a teammate requires attention to our own behavior, not just our dog’s. This video reminds all handlers that being conscious of what we do with our dogs helps them do their best work, and also can increase the effectiveness of our visits. Teaming with Your Therapy Dog teaches the STEPs of Teamwork and how those STEPs fit with the Therapy Dog’s Bill of Rights. These general principles free handlers to apply them in their own way to their therapy dog’s individual personality and work, and to everyday life at home. Intended Audience: This video is for everyone who owns an animal (not just a dog!), whether a therapy dog or pet. The video gives examples from therapy-dog work applicable to beginning through advanced handlers.
Presentation by: Ann R. Howie, LICSW, ACSW
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Ann Howie began integrating animals into her counseling practice in 1987. She has both state and national credentials as a clinical social worker (counselor). Combining her masters degree with a national certificate in canine learning and training, Howie is uniquely qualified to work with both people and animals, specializing in animal-assisted therapy and therapy dog training. She was part of the initial task force that developed Standards of Practice for Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy. She founded and coordinated a hospital animal-assisted activities and therapy program from 1990 to 1997, and she was Pet Partners’ (formerly Delta Society) national director of animal-assisted therapy services from 1995 to 2000. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (Colorado) and at Yamazaki College in Tokyo (Japan).
This video qualifies for 2 trainer CEUs and 2 behavior consultant CEUs