Welcome to U.S.A. Therapy Dogs, Inc.
We are a Central Michigan based non-profit organization dedicated to helping the wellbeing of others through animal-assisted therapy. We are a group of individuals that volunteer our time to help train dogs and their owners to become animal assistance teams. The dogs are trained and then certified for the A.K.C. (American Kennel Club) C.G.C. (Canine Good Citizenship) in a controlled environment. Once the dogs pass the C.G.C. we take the Handler/Dog teams on field trips to selected facilities. This method of training determines which facilities the Handler/Dog teams might be more comfortable in. The training lasts thirteen weeks for those interested in becoming an animal assistance team.
What is "Animal Assisted Therapy?"
Animal-assisted therapy is a type of interactive therapy that involves specially trained animals with specifically screened characteristics. These animals become a fundamental part of a person's treatment. Animal-assisted therapy is designed to improve the physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning of the patient. These animals help enhance the quality of life for the patient.
The animals also assist children with reading disabilities by becoming a safe, non-judgemental reading partner by visiting schools and speech therapy centers.
How are we different?
What is it that sets U.S.A. Therapy Dogs apart from most other therapy dog organizations?
Our 13 Week training program doesn't only happen in the classroom but, also with field training in a Hospital Setting.
Our training includes canine CPR and First Aid.
Our training includes "Hazards of the Hospital" classes.
Our Therapy Handling Teams are trained by Certified Trainers.
How Do You Get Started?
Click on the "FORMS" tab at the top of this page and download the three forms, fill them out and mail them to the address below:
USA Therapy Dogs, Inc.
P.O. Box 100
Davison, MI 48423
We look forward to hearing from you.
or call (810) 771-USA1(8721) and leave your contact information.