If you want to work with therapy animals you must:
- Follow a recognized course
- If you intend using your own animal it must be certified fit and free of disease by a veterinarian.
- If you intend using your own animal it must undergo a MAG test – carried out by a qualified behavioural assessor
- You need to become a member of our association.
As a Therapy animal handler you will be a paid professional. The training takes place over several days and consists of various modules. You can find more information on the Toscanzahoeve agenda (enter the keyword “therapie”). The workshops that take place in Toscanzahoeve benefit Therapiedier vzw and their therapy animals!
Selection, testing and training of your animal
The only recognized test for working with therapy animals is the MAG test. This can only be carried out by a recognized behavioural assessor. The social test taken by a trainer or at a dog school is not sufficient. If your dog passes the MAG test you receive a certificate.
You can take private or group lessons with your dog. Central to the lessons is the relationship between dog and owner; you have to be able to interpretate the body language of your dog, this gives you a better understanding of his behaviour. Good communication between owner and dog is the best basis for an obedient dog and a happy, stable dog.
Therapiedier vzw only recognizes professionals who have graduated from recognized training centres, based on the lists provided by apbct and kahot . More info on the site http://www.kahot.
Are you interested in training your dog or pet to be an active therapy animal?
Mail us at email@example.com. There is a registration charge of 70 euros.