Clinic Based Program
When our Pet Therapy Teams work with a child’s therapist we primarily act as an another tool in the therapists toolbox to help the child achieve their individual therapy goals. Our Pet Therapy teams play an interactive role in the weekly therapy session.
Here are a few examples of how our teams work with the Therapists:

Fine Motor
  • Using play-doh to model a dog
  • Drawing or coloring a picture of the dog/their paws

Gross Motor
  • Riding a bike or scooter board to the dog
  • Throwing a ball or toy to the dog
  • Follow the leader
Speech
  • Practicing words and recognition (what color is the dog? Are they big or small?)
  • Giving commands to the dog
  • Reading to the dog
Social Skills
  • Playing a game with the dog (taking turns)
  • Understanding emotions (how can you tell when a dog is happy? What do you look like when you’re happy?)
Motivation & Compliance
  • Having the dog “hold” pieces to a puzzle
  • Reinforcer – after you complete task “A” you get to pet the dog.
Motor Planning
  • Sequencing: What are the steps to brush the dog?
  • Giving the dog a bowl of water