Animal-Assisted Therapy

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Job Description
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Job Description

  • Overall stable in temperament
  • Outgoing, friendly, happy, with a mature nature
  • Non aggressive, non territorial, not overly shy nor hyper
  • Adaptable to unfamiliar environments and situations
  • Is generally quiet, does not vocalize excessively
  • Reliably housebroken, well-groomed, in good health
  • Compatible with other dogs and other types of animals encountered in the same surroundings
  • Tolerant of strange sounds, smells, and sights
  • Tolerant of physical contact with unknown person(s), especially in stressful situations
  • Obedient to the PAT handler, easily controlled
  • Presents a positive image for the organization
  • Satisfies health and physical competency requirements of the PAT therapy dog job description without a physical/medical condition that restricts access to patients/residents nor that hinders overall good mobility, causes decreased endurance, promotes self-protection or untrustworthiness of physical contact by unfamiliar persons; or that interferes with the overall performance of the dog as a therapy dog or may be counter productive in some populations by conveying a negative image.
  • Is not certified/registered or currently used as an assistance or service dog nor has received Schutzhund/guard/attack, personal protection training and has no known public record/file of aggression.
  • Not certified/registered with a different organization.
  • Exemplifies a true companion relationship with the PAT Therapy Dog, e.g., the human/animal bond
  • Thoroughly understands his/her Therapy Dog's reactions/responses to the environment
  • Is alert and aware of the environment and his/her dog's actions and location at all times
  • Is willing to make a positive commitment to volunteer service
  • Is willing to easily approach, converse with, and motivate unfamiliar persons
  • Possesses a giving, caring, and sharing nature with a positive attitude
  • Is 21 years or older at time of initial application
  • Has no criminal history and is not in community service restitution program
  • Is in overall good health without communicable health problems, satisfies physical and mental competency requirements of the PAT job description, physical involvement to be medium to heavy work --- standing and walking for distances/lengths of time on even/uneven surfaces, up/down on elevated surfaces, lifting bending, stooping, crouching, reaching, pushing, pulling, working with one's hands; hearing, seeing, and speaking, ability to work as an individual team without human assistance and without support equipment that would compromise the safety of others.
  • Exhibits clear and distinct verbal communication skills; be able to speak, write, and read English well with abilities to give, understand and follow directions/instruction.
  • Must provide personal transportation.
  • Does not have registration/certification with another organization or currently workign the dog as a "therapy dog".


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