FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Firstly, you should examine why you want to become a therapy dog handler – this work is not intended as a means for showing off your dog. We are looking for handlers with commitment and a sincere love and respect for the underprivileged in our society. It also helps if you have your own friendly and good-natured dog (any breed, size and age goes) and you have to pass our evaluation, which consists of the KUSA Canine Good Citizen and situational aptitude tests.
Yes, you can. We have often trained dogs that don’t have handlers for the visits. You will have to undergo the same evaluation as all other handlers and dogs, just with your “adopted” dog. You will also be required to train this specific dog during our weekly training sessions. Should you not wish to become actively involved in the visits, you are welcome to become a passive member with full voting rights. Alternately, we appreciate any sponsorship and/or donations.
Therapy dogs are not made – they are born. Further, it depends on your own efforts and your dog, provided that your dog has the right personality. You will have to practice at home as well, and socialise your dog in various situations.
Our membership fees are R110.00 per month, which includes your contribution to our insurance, as well as weekly training sessions. Health, parasite control, cleaning and travel expenses are at your own expense. Once qualified, you can obtain your uniform. Collar and leash will also have to be provided by yourself.
This program was developed in 1989 by the American Kennel Club and is designed to reward dogs that have good manners at home and in the community. The program consists of 2 parts and stresses responsible dog ownership as well as basic good manners for dogs. Many dog owners choose the CGC program as the first step in training their dogs and use it as a foundation for other activities, such as obedience competitions, agility, tracking, therapy work, etc.