Therapy dogs encourage patients to practice rehabilitation activities, such as walking or running with the animal or throwing objects for the animal to retrieve. Fine motor skills are developed by petting, grooming, or feeding the animal, and patients are more likely to interact whether giving the animal verbal and physical commands or talking about past pets. All of these activities can help develop cognitive skills and communication and make a major difference in the patient’s comfort, progress and recovery.
Standards for the training of the volunteers and their animals are crucial in order to promote a safe, positive experience. Trained volunteers will learn to work with other medical professionals, teachers, librarians and principals to set goals for the patient or student and keep records of progress. Animals that have been appropriately trained are well socialized to people, other animals, medical equipment and odors.
- Access to over 100 already established therapy visit sites
- Access to a volunteer coordinator to assist you in placement and coordination
- Background check
- Volunteer appreciation events and yearly awards dinner
- General Liability Insurance thru Austin Dog Alliance (in addition to Pet Partners insurance)
- Priority placement for Pet Partner evaluations
Bow Wow Reading
The unconditional love of therapy dogs helps children learn to read.
Train Your Own Dog
Our Certified Professional Dog Trainers will guide you through the process to train your own dog to be a pet therapy dog.
Sites We Visit
Volunteer at our Ranch with special-needs children or visit one of over 100 sites in Greater Austin.