Announcements and Cancellations See Full Calendar of Classes
Program Director: Stacey Samela
Sponsored by Kathy Santo Dog Training
Unlike classic obedience classes, the goal for therapy classes is to teach you how to find the balance between giving your dog too many commands and not enough. While it’s important to have good control of your dog, the idea of therapy dog work is having your dog interact with other people, not just you. How do you allow your dog to interact and be touched by people without them getting too excited or overwhelmed? In class, you will:
Stacey Samela is a specialist in therapy dog work, having been involved in training and visiting for 15 years. She became involved while volunteering at the Rockland S.P.C.A where she was developing a training program for volunteers and adopting families. At that time the Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program was being developed under the guidelines of the Delta Society Pet Partners Program and Stacey began making visits with her dog to nursing homes. She went on to develop training classes specific to the skills needed for therapy dog visits and became a Delta Society Evaluator and Instructor. She has attended many workshops and training sessions with expert trainers is the field of Animal Assisted Therapy and has been an instructor and evaluator at New York Presbyterian Hospitals and White Plains hospital. Stacey was invited to teach workshops at the first and only 3 day Therapy Dog Camp in 2007 which was attended by teams from all over the country. She continues to visit with her own dogs which keeps her motivated to lead others to seek out those amazing moments where you see the deep connection between your dog and the person who is interacting with them. It is a feeling that no words can describe, so complex yet so simple.
The purpose of the Delta Society Pet Partners Program is to provide training skills for you and a screening process for or you and your dog as a team. We chose to work with The Delta Society Pet Partners Program because we believe it is the organization which provides the best training and screening guidelines to develop a safe, high quality therapy dog program. Because of their high standards they can support their 10,000 therapy animal teams with a $2,000,000 liability insurance policy. They continue to do research, continually update their programs and provide support to member facilities, and visiting teams. The process of becoming a member may seem laborious however you will have attained the very important skills needed to be a safe, effective therapy dog team and a proud member of a well respected organization that supports it’s volunteers.
For schedule of Therapy Dog Classes click here.
Dog training, puppy training, dog obedience classes, off leash obedience, pet manners classes, clicker training, positive and effective methods, tricks classes, private dog training, puppy socialization, puppy kindergarten, housebreaking help, solutions for jumping, biting, digging, barking, pulling on leash, running away, stealing food, people aggression, dog to dog aggression, reactive dogs, and much more. Dogs and Storks and Dog and Baby Connection Licensed Presenter, AKC S.T.A.R. program, in-home training, CGC training & CGC testing, therapy dog training and certification, DELTA Society Therapy Dogs, group dog training classes, field trips, agility for fun, nosework, dog park classes, play groups, canine body language seminars, educational lectures, kennel training, day training, board and train, behavior assessments, puppy selection and adoption counseling.
Customized behavior modification programs for all dog behavior problems including house training, house soiling, dog aggression, human aggression, nuisance barking, children & dogs, babies & dogs, not coming when called, destructiveness, chewing, digging, jumping on people, jumping fences, multi-dog households, leash pulling, separation anxiety, shyness, socialization, door bolting, running away, stealing things, nipping, biting, separation anxiety, hyperactive dogs, dog fighting, biting, growling, anxiety and just about everything else!
Bergen County NJ: Ramsey, Upper Saddle River, Saddle River , Mahwah, Midland Park Ridgewood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Montvale, Park Ridge , Allendale, Ho Ho Kus , Paramus, Alpine, Westwood, Glen Rock, River Vale, Wayne
New York: Pearl River, Chestnut Ridge, Spring Valley, New York, NY And all points in between!