We are always looking for new volunteering teams to join us. Many questions can be answered in our Volunteers section on the website.
We all know we each have the best dog in the world, but at Therapy Dogs Nationwide, we need dogs that are extra special. We are looking for sociable dogs with a sound temperament.
One of the most common reasons we have to defer a dog is because they jump up or paw. If your dog has its feet firmly on the floor, both figuratively and literally, if they are over 9 months old and have been with you for at least 6 months and you would like an application pack, please email us on email@example.com
TDN dogs need to be under the owner’s control at all times, without relying on the use of training or behaviour correction aids.
TDN dogs have to accept being patted, often vigorously by patients or clients. They need to not be overly worried about having their paws, ears or tail handled by a stranger. The assessor will check that the dog’s nails are trimmed short and you should keep the nails short at all times.
Patients and clients love to be able to give their TDN dog a food treat. It is important that they do not snatch it because some patients, such as older patients have very fragile skin.
TDN dogs have to encounter lots of new and unexpected stimuli – they should not be overly fearful of this and recover quickly.
Much of a volunteer’s time is spent talking to different people and TDN dogs need to be able to wait patiently under the owner’s control at all times.
TDN dogs need to be able to accept restraint from their owners in case of an emergency in the establishment or if the owner needs to withdraw their dog quickly from a patient or client.
Fit, healthy dogs behave appropriately as TDN dogs under demanding social and physical situations. A well-groomed and clean dog is a sign of a responsible pet owner.