Facility dogs are expertly trained dogs who partner with a facilitator working in a health care, visitation or education setting.
Canine Companions facility dogs are trustworthy in professional environments and can perform over 40 commands designed to motivate and inspire clients with special needs.
Facilitators are working professionals responsible for handling and caring for the facility dog. Additionally, facilitators are committed to long-term employment where they directly serve clients with special needs a minimum of twenty hours per week.
One of the most valued qualities of the facility dog is the unconditional love and attention it gives to the clients and patients with whom it interacts.
In an educational setting, a facility dog helps engage students in schools and special education classes.
In a health care environment, activities such as grooming, feeding and playing fetch with a facility dog can aid patients in medical rehabilitation and psychiatric programs.
A well-mannered and highly trained facility dog encourages feelings of calm and security for clients in a visitation setting such as a courtroom.
To Receive a Facility Dog:
- Obtain approval for the use of a facility dog from your employer.
- Request an application.
- Apply. This process involves several steps designed to ensure success.
- Once the application is accepted, attend a two-week Team Training class at a Canine Companions training center.
- After the graduation, Canine Companions provides on-going support and follow-up services.
Canine Companions facility dogs and follow-up services are free of charge.