Moira D. Smith
MOIRA D. SMITH
THERAPY DOG TRAINING
How to Use your Dog Training Skills to Tap Into a Growing Market!
March 30 & 31, 2019
Herman Meadow, NJ (Formerly Secaucus)
Therapy Dog Training:
How to use your dog training skills to tap into a growing market.
6.5 CEUs per Day
13 CEUs Total
Moira D. Smith
Animals for Adoption
March 30 & 31, 2019
Harman Meadow, NJ
EARLY BIRD FEES
Practical guidance for trainers to provide classes in a growing new field:
How to identify dogs suitable for therapy dog work;
How to teach handling to the many volunteer dog / handler teams in great demand from health care, educational & other institutions expanding their therapy dog programs.
How to provide guidance in therapy dog registration and volunteer activity.
TEAM SKILLS / TRAINING / TEMPERAMENT / CERTIFICATION
ANATOMY OF A GROWING MARKET:
Market data & numbers for classes; class sizes and range of charges; demographics of handler/ volunteers;
How to screen candidates; Skills for passing a Certification Test; Teaching skills for a safe/effective team; Registration & certification options; Facilities for therapy dog visits;
Service Dogs vs. Emotional Support Dogs vs.Therapy Dogs;
MAKEUP OF GOOD THERAPY DOG & DOG/HANDLER TEAMS- VIDEOS:
Can you spot a good candidate? Sensitive & wary but perfectly obedient vs. Exuberant but resilient & friendly; Temperament, temperament, temperament; Therapy dogs are born not made; Breed bias; Ethics & safety; The human temperament component;
Good Dog Foundation; Pet Partners (former Delta Society),Therapy Dogs International (TDI); ITA; Renewals required: organization & facilities; insurance offered
FACILITIES OPTIONS / CLASSES-STRUCTURES & LOGISTICS
FACILITIES: Hospitals, nursing homes, schools + increasing variety of others;
CLASSES TO PREPARE DOG / HANDLER TEAMS FOR CERTIFICATION EVALUATIONS:
Week 1: Greetings: impulse control; Distractions: being proactive; Recognizing stress; Navigation: Hand targeting, other-non compulsive maneuvers; targeting cues;
Week 2: Loose leash walking: -with me; Leave it -not yours; Review basic skills;
Week 3: Attention; Spatial awareness & multi-tasking: getting dogs into position; staying grounded; Working near other dogs:
Week 4: Handling exercises; Handler assessment;
Week 5: Visiting scenarios with some real world equipment; Role playing.
ASPCA Therapy Dog Class Instructor 2013-18; Consultant: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Caring Canines Visiting Dog Program (40+ dog/handler teams); Pet Partners (former Delta Society) Therapy Dog Evaluator for over 20 years.; NYC trainer for over 20 years, as All About Dogs, NYC; President and Director of the Animals for Adoption shelter in Ulster County NY & Dog Program Director for the Green Chimneys School in Brewster NY.
MOIRA D. SMITH
Coordinator of ASPCA-NY Therapy Animal Program and Community Partner Leader 2013-2018; Pet Partners: National Program Educator, Licensed Team Evaluator, and currently North East Area Representative; has conducted over 300 therapy animal evaluations.
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
La Quinta Inn & Suits
350 Lighting Way
Harmon Meadow West, NJ 07094
(Just 20 minutes from Time Square, New York City
Harmon Meadow is a newly built vibrant area of 8 Hotels, Movie Theaters and Offices with some 21 Restaurants, the Meadowlands Exposition Center and over a dozen retailers.
(see all of the options at: www.harmonmeadow.com).
20 Minute Regular Shuttle Bus Service from 41st. St & 8th Ave. NYC: Shuttle Bus # 85 & #320 from Port Authority Bus Terminal takes about 20 minutes during non-rush hours; stops in front of all hotels including seminar site La Quinta; service approximately every 1/2 hour.
By car from NYC: Via Lincoln Tunnel (495 W for 3 miles to NJ-3 W to Secaucus exit onto Island Blvd. & Lighting Way)
From Northern NJ, Rockland County NY and the Hudson Valley (about 30 minutes (NJ) to 45 minutes Rockland & beyond, 1 hour) NJ 17 South to Garden State Pkwy South (or NJ 17 directly) to I-80 Express E to I-95 S (NJ Turnpike) to Exit 17 (Lincoln Tunnel) ; stay right for NJ-3/Secaucus then left for Harmon Meadow Blvd. & Lighting Way.
From Westchester County & SW Connecticut: About 45-50 minutes via Tappan Zee Bridge to I87 / 287 to NJ 17 South and the route as above.
From Newark (20 minutes) & Points South: I-95 to Exit 16E: Lincoln Tunnel/NJ3; follow signs for NJ 3/Secaucus; stay left toward Harmon Meadow Blvd. & Lighting Way.
From Morristown (35 minutes) & Points West: I-287 N to I-80
Express E to I-95 S Exit 17 as above from Northern NJ.
Early Bird Rates By march 8, 2019: $99 per person per day and $195 per person for both days.
Regular Rates After march 9, 2019: $115 per person per day and $225 per person for both days
GROUP REGISTRATION & RATES
Group of 3 or More: $155 per person for both days.
Click the below button for Group Reservations.
All deposits fully refunded, at any time, in case a person needs to cancel a reservation for any reason. There is never a cancellation fee.
PAYING BY CHECK
Please make checks payable to:
Petworkshops, LLC / Puppyworks
P.O. Box 938
New Paltz, NY 12561
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DOG & PEOPLE RULES
Due to space limitations, we will not be permitterd to have dogs in the meeting room (other than service dogs, of course.)
CONDUCT: During the lectures, please turn off all cell phone and pager audio alerts. Please take all private conversations outside while the speakers are presenting.
BABIES: The presence of a baby is likely to be distracting to other participants, so we ask that you refrain from bringing any babies or very young children into the lecture hall.
VIDEOTAPING: No videotaping or audiotaping is permitted. A selection of videotapes and books will be available for sale.
SHOPPING: A selection of books and videos will be available for sale.
PARKING: There should be ample parking at the seminar location.