Therapy Dogs

Therapy dogs help give comfort and affection to individuals when they need it most. Therapy dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Furthermore, an owner can have their own dog as a therapy animal.  This is what we refer to as a Community Therapy Team. This trained team would go out to serve our community. Definition of a Therapy Dog by Wikipedia They provide people with contact to dogs but are not limited to working with people who have disabilities. They are usually the personal pets of their handlers and work with their handlers to provide services to others.  Federal laws have no provisions for people to be accompanied by therapy animals in places of public accommodation that have “no pets” policies.   Therapy dogs are given obedience training and then it is recommended to take a Therapy Prep Class. At which time a dog is tested for both obedience and temperament.  Once they pass a therapy dog test with their partner, they can be registered with a therapy dog organization.  Registration offers several benefits both to volunteers and to the facilities they visit.

Facility Peer support K9

In addition to dogs that are trained to become a Community Therapy Dog Team, VIP Dog Teams also trains dogs to serve the needs of many in our Facility K9 program.These highly specialized dogs assist professionals (School Counselors, Police, Firefighters and other first responders) who use the dog in the workplace to accomplish goals by providing animal assisted therapy. Facility K9 dogs assist these populations by serving as a model motivator and comfort, helping our first responders. The dogs are used as part of the Peer support program to enhance mental health.  These dogs live with their handler.  Public access for these dogs is only in the work environment when accompanied by the professional handler. VIP dog teams requires their Facility K9’s to pass a Therapy dog test and a public access test. The requirements are tough because these Facility K9’s work to support our Police, Fire and Schools. If your facility is in Ventura County or the tri-county area and you feel you would benefit from a Facility support K9 get in touch via our contact form. We look forward to talking with you.

At a school working with a professional such as a school counselor a School Facility dog  can assist many students in a day, helping them to meet their academic, social, emotional and communication goalsFacility Fire dog 

At a Firehouse a Facility  K9 can make a difference by providing comfort and motivation for a first responder going through an emotionally draining call. A Facility K9 can give much needed support to the entire crew. In a Police station a Facility K9 can also  make a difference by providing comfort and motivation for a first responder going through an emotionally draining day. Facility dogs help to provide peer support and wellness. The Facility dog  can also be used in the Crisis work ( after further training). VIP Dog Teams matches Facility K9’s with qualified professionals in the Tri-Counties based on the strengths and skills of the dog and the needs of the population they serve. Currently we have puppies that will require a minimum of 1.5 years of training.

Facility K9’s are not Service dogs and do not have the same public access rights. For more information about Service Dogs please see below

Service Dogs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

service dog, as the term is used in the United States, refers to any dog trained to help a person who has a disability, such as visual impairmenthearing impairment, mental illness (like posttraumatic stress disorder), seizuresmobility impairment, and diabetes. The right of service dogs in the US to accompany their owners everywhere their owners go is protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and parallel state and city laws, and significant monetary penalties have been assessed by courts against those who have sought to abridge those rights.

Outside the US, the term “service dog” refers to a dog that works for police, military, or search and rescue services, while the term “assistance dog” is the legal term for a dog that is trained to provide assistance and support for a disabled person.

Desirable character traits in service animals typically include good temperament or psychological make-up (including biddability and trainability), and good health (including physical structure and stamina). Some service dogs are bred and trained by service dog organizations, while others are bred by breeders and trained by private trainers, or trained by the individuals with disabilities who become their partners. Labrador RetrieversGolden RetrieversLabrador Retriever/Golden Retriever crossbred dogs, and German Shepherd Dogs are among the most common dog breeds working as service dogs today in the United States.

Emotional Support Dogs

Emotional support dogs provide therapeutic support to disabled or elderly owners through companionship, non-judgmental positive regard, affection, and a focus in life. Definition of a Emotional Support Dog by Wikipedia Emotional support dogs are allowed in public housing but do not have public access rights as guaranteed by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). They are not necessarily task trained like service dogs and are generally required to be reasonably well behaved by pet standards. This means that the dog is fully toilet trained and has no bad habits that would disturb neighbors such as frequent or lengthy episodes of barking.  The dog must not pose a danger to other tenants or to workmen.