Therapy Dog Teams must maintain their skills and ability to work with each other. Therefore, each dog is required to participate in:
- One Fidos training class each month, AND
- One additional non-public event at our facility (e.g.- meeting or training class)
Training classes are conducted on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:15 pm, Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, and with prior approval you may attend Saturdays 10am – 11am and Saturdays 11am – 12 noon at our training center.
Therapy Dog teams in training must attend the early Wednesday class (6:30 – 7:15pm); All approved teams can attend any class they choose.
Dogs must participate in 4 Wednesday evening classes before they can start visiting. These classes provide opportunities for the dogs and handlers to socialize with each other while learning new skills and practicing therapy dog visits. Dogs are taught:
- How to work around wheelchairs;
- Iv poles
Handlers must attend the Handlers Class and 2 Observation visits (without their dog), dogs must complete all obedience requirements, vet requirements and the 4 Wed early classes and the TD Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator and a Trainer must give approvals in order for teams to become “approved” Fidos For Freedom Therapy Dogs (TDs).
Fidos Therapy Dog Teams are required to participate in at least 8 healthcare facility or DEAR visits per year. Special considerations are given to handlers with multiple therapy dogs.
Announcements are held during every Wednesday evening class to keep everyone informed of upcoming events.