Therapy Dogs International



about therapy dogs international therapy dogs international was founded in nineteen 676 in New Jersey with five handless and six dogs he developed into a huge organization in the end of the year of 2010 we had approximately 20,000 handlers and 23,000 dogs okay and what we are doing here in particularly we are here with the cruise which are specially certified dog handler teams they are called the sastras stress relief dogs disaster stress relief dogs okay that's that's correct and that came into being basically after 911 we were working in New York City and in Washington New Jersey and we decided after a few months that mess LP dogs weren't enough to handle that type of stress and also that the people didn't have enough knowledge so we developed a very special test called a sastre stress relief dog test okay only very few of the therapy dogs pass a disaster stress relief dog test give you an example about four weeks ago we have tests in South Carolina and and out of 14 handless only one dog handler too fast okay roughly half of the dogs pass at each test we have approximately between 40 and 50 disaster stressful the elite dog teams in the country so we had responded after Katrina we really happy to come down here to Tuscaloosa to try to help and and bring some joy to the people here with our SAS distressed okay okay it does exactly what about the destruction that disaster that happened here in our state of Alabama well after the tornado went through many areas in the south and particularly in the top in Tuscaloosa in surrounding areas vast stretches of the housing we are destroyed and then we came down here we were absolutely we're really very upset because one doesn't have an idea how really bad it is right right whatever you see on TV it's not even half as bad right you have to see what happened and how do the dogs assist you in your efforts well we basically work with a people and then people are very stressed out all they need is maybe to pet a dog or hug a dog to have some some kind of relief from all their stress right they will not respond at least not in the beginning to people because they're just so upset but we have found that if they can pet a dog that really makes a difference front and we have particularly work with a lot of two and the children ever would have a very bad memory of this time after the tornado struck the area and they have lost maybe some loved ones or they lost their homes but if they can work with the dogs and can laugh a little bit then they also can remember you know some joyful moments during that time right and and that is very important right okay what other what other disasters have you participated in our relief efforts well we started out after the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City one of our chapters in particular respondent to that and then we found this is an other branch of the services therapy dogs provide and and subsequently when when nine 11 struck New York City Pentagon an awesome Pennsylvania we assist us with our star people and we had approximately hundred people in New York City New Jersey and 50 at the Pentagon and we worked until York City until about December twelfth at the Family Assistance Center and at the Pentagon they worked about four weeks until that was closed down okay okay we mentioned chapters how many chapters just a therapy dogs international arm hair approximately 50 chapters across the country but our people cannot only work out of chapter 4 which chapters they work as individuals as well you do not have to belong to chapter to be a therapy dog camera okay well that goes to my next question how can one become a member or how can one be trained to be a part of every dogs international number one you have to have a suit of the dog what is a suit of what is a suitable dog yes that's a big question I therapy dog it's not made a therapy dog that means a therapy dog is a dog or the potential therapy dog get the dog which is very outgoing friendly and loves people and has a stable temperament and what you have to do after that you go to basic obedience classes and you work with your dog that the dog can follow simple commands and behave in in the public and after that you could be tested by one of our evaluators we have over 400 valuators across the country and you can go to our webpage and pick an evaluator in your state and your area and see when the next test is okay then you will see the test it's simple attack so no matter where you're from what stage you're in you can steer be involved okay okay you know I have trainers in evaluators in each state well they're few states I don't think we have an evaluator in Montana a few states very few sticks any North Dakota we don't have an evaluate and have I and that's about it okay and all the other states we have about graders plus we have most of lot of the evaluators are on the East Coast the West Coast some of them are in in Middle America and in the south we have a lot of evaluating a lot of handles okay now when a disaster strikes how do who gets in touch with you how are you contact that is a big problem even so we had responded after oklahoma city after nine eleven men took after Katrina we still have a problem in being called out not not only our dogs highly qualified but all the handlers are qualified they take three female courses which are required when you respond to a disaster the 100 to 200 and the 700 they take psychological first aid so the handler is very qualified yet agency failed to call us out so we basically have to find our own way to respond this happened also when we wanted to come to Tuscaloosa we were not called out so we had one of our handless make a lot of phone calls and she was very persistent she spent a whole day until she finally got in touch with the person who was in charge in organizing the Valen at the Volunteer Center in Tascosa and this is how we've been called out we also in touch with United Way and received a list of places and we had the team on standby and then we came down here from the various states basically called only people from the south some of us came down from New York and noches what are some of the accomplishments of therapy dogs international accomplishment well I think we are visiting in about 30 over 13,000 facilities okay country and if you figure you have 20,000 handlers and not all of them are visiting but if you have all those teams visiting we see millions of people in here with our therapy dogs a lot of people visit on the weekly basis and they not only see one person if they go up into a hospital or nursing they see a lot of people right so we see really millions of people and bring joy to them some people they have nothing to look forward to any more in particular in nursing homes and the only joy they have if the therapy dogs are coming right so you said millions of people of year yes so now all y'all do you come to relief efforts are but you also do hospitals in my goodness okay and another interesting thing i might mention we have a program called children reading two dogs tail wagging to this tail wagging to is not that well we go to schools and libraries and there are some children's who have problems reading and we work usually on one-on-one basis with a child and that child reads to a door and what that does first of all there is no peer pressure and it's a lot of fun so the child really learns how to read and the child might never have been able to learn how to read or not for a long time that give the hand like he's consistently wrong there on a weekly basis we have some gone for two years or three years in school and they form a bond with that child and the door and so loved okay and it's you know and when you talk to some of the principles they say you know one of the principal him he have a video on our webpage she says if he could for an effort have 400 dogs and school for every every child a dog to me too we would love it uh-huh that's how successful that problem is yes there does international nonprofit organization a nonprofit okay and we did not mean we are not charging anybody coming down here we pay our own way we pay our gas we pay for our lodging and food whatsoever we do that strictly on a volunteer basis okay and funded out of the money we have okay well could we have everyone here we see have a scene with the group of volunteers here okay everyone introduce the dogs there with this is Max and access from Charlotte North Carolina maximum Charlotte and he has a shelf shelf is of course is anything special that max does or Mac streets with the children down syndrome children and women in the libraries and actually can read flashcard okay that way you can make the ones that Miss words not feel so bad right do because every now and then he gets some word mixed up himself okay seasons felony easyspy spell and he does when he can read the flash cards either one cool and if you sneeze he'll go get two editions bring it to you oh okay I'm Peggy Crawford Dalton is a pembroke welsh corgi and we are from Spartanburg South Carolina and actually is a murder of cattle so he has a job as well but and we're working on our tricks working on that Jake what kind of cord is easy where's the pen broke pembroke pembroke welsh corgi uh-huh the Corgi with no tail the core you with no tail okay I'm Brad Sutherland from miami florida miami and this is onyx onyx is a giant schnauzer and one of the things that we do is we go to the miami VA hospital okay that's one of three hospitals we visit every week okay what does he do that one of the things about on actually she craves attention and that's one of the reason why she's a really good therapy dog and the soldiers really like her at the VA cool cool it's you thank you good job okay think about what okay okay gimme yeah all the way asleep we can see you too good morning yes okay okay max oh I say to you the 0 WN no deal w and now the old arguments at the oh the gherkin thank you you be good job hi I'm Alec em I'm from therapy dogs international here with unleash magazine

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