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Outlined here are some ways Pet Therapy Advisors can assist in expanding animal assisted activity services at your facility through strategic planning, operational consulting and fundraising support.
Pet Therapy Adviser clients generally have existing handler programs that provide successful animal therapy services for its populations, but not all shifts and days are covered, or populations served.
For example, a hospital might have its acute care facility covered but not its ambulatory operations. Or a hospital located on a university campus may want to provide animal therapy handlers for students experiencing stress during final exams, or provide extended services to the community at its outpatient facilities as part of its overall marketing strategies.
For clients wanting to expand their animal therapy services, Pet Therapy Advisers would help them achieve outcomes such as the following:
- Significantly expand the number of animal handling teams in order to provide hundreds of additional service hours on an annual basis.
- Design animal assisted activity services addressing the needs of populations not currently being served.
- Benchmark and implement operational best practices by assessing your program with others in the country,
- Extend your services to targeted community populations through partnerships with well-recognized, non-profit agencies.
- Formalize your existing program to ensure effective risk management policies,
- Develop marketing and recruiting strategies to significantly increase the number of qualified handlers in order to meet the needs of your organization,
- Identify and secure funding to pay for additional costs associated with expanding your program.
Pet Therapy Advisers’ consulting services generally start with these first steps, but intervention can be customized around each facility’s particular needs:
- Develop a survey to determine management’s level of interest and support for a new program, or to expand an existing one.
- Provide a detailed first year budget and seed money requirement to start or expand a program.
- Present a Business Plan to management for feedback, modification and approval,
- Support the implementation of the Plan under management’s leadership,
- In partnership with Development and other stakeholders, design and implement fundraising strategies.
Richard Katz, Founder and CEO, Pet Therapy Advisers
In 2014 Richard Katz launched Pet Therapy Advisers after retiring from a 35-year career as a corporate HR executive, management consultant, and entrepreneur.
As a registered therapy dog handler for the UCLA Health System, Richard was constantly asked by hospital staff, patients and their families, as I made my rounds with my standard poodle, Rudy, how one could become a qualified animal therapy handler.
Market research led me to the conclusion that the general public would benefit by taking a neutral, introductory course called, Rudy on Rounds: How to Become a Qualified Animal Therapy Handler.
The number of colleges offering this introductory course has grown from Orange Coast College, in 2015, to 8 community colleges.
Introductory: How to Become a Certified Therapy Dog Handler (One Day, 3-Hours)
This 3-hour class is for adults, 16+, that want to learn the most expedient and least-cost way to become registered with well-respected and recognized local, regional and national dog therapy agencies.
Anyone who has felt a connection with a pet and experienced that joy of unconditional love, understanding, and acceptance, knows the value of a pet’s companionship. These qualities make animals, particularly dogs, ideal therapeutic visitors that bring smiles to patients in hospitals, calm travelers at airports, help children on witnesses stands during court proceedings, make good listeners for children learning to read, help victims of natural and man-made disasters, and other newer emerging applications.
In this one-day, 3-hour class, you’ll not only see a real-life therapy dog demonstration, but also learn about what it takes to become a therapy dog handler and how you can determine if you’re a good fit for this type of service. Course includes an in-depth explanation of the entire registration process, strategies to help you choose a facility, examples of written and live dog handling testing, and post-class support. Please do not bring your dog to class.
- Find out if therapy service is right for you and your dog.
- Learn the precise steps and resources necessary to qualify as a therapy dog handler.
- Master the essentials of learning the most efficient, least cost and quickest way to become qualified.
- Gain an insider’s understanding into the types of facilities where you and your dog may qualify.
- Experience a demonstration of a therapy dog handler test.
- Pet Therapy Advisers Mission
- Teaching Schedule
- Today’s Agenda
- Learning Outcomes
- Student Sharing
- Three Types of “Working” Dogs
- Emotional Support Dogs
- Service Dogs
- Therapy Dogs
- What Therapy Dog Breeds Qualify and Breed Prejudice
- Therapy Dog Demand
- Therapy Dog Culture
- Therapy Dog Industry and Culture
- Facilities Served
- Populations Served
- The Science Behind Therapy Dog Services
- A Day In The Life of a Therapy Dog
- Handler Qualifications
- Handler Benefits
- Handler Disadvantages
- Handler Expenses
- Dog Benefits
- Class Break
- Basic Therapy Dog Qualifications
- Therapy Dog Temperament And Aggression
- Selecting a Therapy Puppy
- Canine Behavioral Training
- The Process Overview
- National and Local Registering Agencies
- Choosing a Registering Agency
- Sample Dog Handler Evaluation Video
- Advanced Course: Prepping for the Tests
- Jobs and Careers Working with Dogs
- Local Healthcare Facilities
- Therapy Dog Resources
- General Dog Resources
- Post-Class Resources
- Free Rudy on Rounds Newsletter
- Student Class Evaluation
- Questions and Answers and Summary
Two More Therapy Dog Courses Now Available
Advanced : Preparing for the Therapy Dog Handler Evaluation (One Day, 3-Hours)
This 3-hour class is for adults, 16+, that fully understand the cost, time commitment and qualifications necessary to become a therapy dog handler and are ready to move forward with training, testing and evaluation.
Do you want to know precisely how to prepare for your therapy dog written test and live dog handling evaluation for your chosen facility and situation? Therapy dog handler evaluations have two parts, or as we say, “two ends of the leash.” One part tests the handler’s control and treatment of their dog and interpersonal skills; the other part tests the dog’s ability to effectively and reliably provide comfort to people, under adverse conditions, in a variety of facilities and situations.
This three-hour class combines lecture, live demonstrations and videos of several therapy dog evaluations used by different registering agencies, as well as review and preparation of the handler’s written portion of the certification process. Post class support will also be provided. Please do not bring your dog to class.
Careers Working With Animals: Do What You Love
This class is for teenagers and young adults looking for a part or full-time job working with animals, in particular dogs, directly or indirectly. The class also provides career, educational guidance and job search skills in the field of animal sciences.
How cool would it be to have a career working with dogs and other animals? In this engaging and interactive three-hour class, you’ll be amazed to learn about the variety of jobs available using nontraditional sources. It used to be that a career working with dogs was limited to such professions as a veterinarian, veterinary technician, groomer, or dog walker/sitter. Today, while those professions are more viable than ever, there are also a new host of careers, all involving dogs and other animals in some capacity. Come learn how to turn your love of animals into meaningful and profitable employment! Using the latest social-media and Internet-based job search and hiring technologies, you’ll learn how to identify the “hidden job market” in your area; increase response from hiring managers; and, improve your interviewing skills. Note: Please do not bring your pet animal to class.
Class Marketing Support
Pet Therapy Advisers supports each class with an extensive digital and print marketing programs to ensure enrollment satisfies the school’s investment in listing the class. They include:
- Proprietary email contact list of thousands including, therapy animal associations, therapy animal vendors, health care facilities, targeted community college administrators, non-profit community based agencies, college alumni contacts, HR managers and executives, healthcare workers and clinicians living in the school’s target service area.
- PR releases,
- Dog park and pet store signage, where allowed,
- Course website,
- Social media sites include LinkedIn, Facebook Twitter, Instagram, G+,
- Eye-catching and unique teaser graphics for your printed catalog to draw readers into your school’s course catalog and marketing communication.
Pet Therapy Advisers carries a multi-million dollar general liability insurance policy and Richard Katz and his registered Pet Therapy dog, Rudy, carries a $2 million insurance policy.
Request a Teaching Proposal
Contact Richard Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 867-4011
Pet Service Providers
As a pet service provider, you will want to consider reaching our audience– an audience of dog owners desiring to prepare their dog to pass the therapy dog registration process.
You have several options to reach our population through website advertising, email and newsletter advertising and as a guest speaker at one of our three-hour classes taught at various colleges in selected areas of the country. The class is called Rudy On Rounds: How To Become a Qualified Therapy Dog Handler.
Rudy on Rounds offers the public an unbiased and objective education on the qualifications and resource options available to become a handler. To our knowledge, there is no class that provides this objective and simpliied understanding of the field of pet therapy, nor incorporates a unique marketing strategy that reaches thousands of people in the community that have thought about animal therapy volunteering but have not taken the next step
Students attending this class typically need various services, such as those offered by your organization, including but not limited to,
- Securing dog through a rescue agency,
- Finding a suitable dog breeder,
- Obedience training,
- Veterinarian services
- Therapy animal training and registering agency,
- Therapy animal agency specializing in serving a specific population such as children, inmates, airport travelers, veterans, college students, healthcare providers, hospitals, and long-term care residents.
- Advocates for related animal-assisted therapy services such as organizations focused on providing service dogs.
If your organization is interested in advertising on our website, emails, and e-newsletter, please provide us with information that might distinguish your organization from the many others that provide similar services. In some situations, we may allow a representative from your organization to participate as a guest speaker.
Please submit information about your business, and/or questions to katzr@PetTherapyAdvisers.com and indicate in the subject line,“Pet Service Collaborator.”