- CGC Exam is a pre-requisite; exam must have been taken when dog is at least 12 months old, official documentation required.
- An intermediate/advanced class such as Rally, CGC, Agility, Therapy dog class, Tricks, AKC obedience etc. or an advanced title from the AKC. Class or title must be documented.
- All vaccinations must be up-to-date and dog must be in good health. Vaccinations must be documented by official veterinarian paperwork.
- Minimum age for a dog to register is one year.
- Any aggression or reactivity.
- Resource guarding higher than a 4 on the scale.
- Any non-performance of any part of the exam.
- There are no corrections, treats, body blocks allowed. Corrections = jerking, pulling, or putting your dog into place; verbal and/or noise corrections, physical manipulation of your dog to achieve the command (pushing on their rear to get a sit). Body blocks = owner putting themselves between the dog and the object or another animal to stop forward movement or getting the object.
- The evaluator’s discretion.
Equipment used for visitation and the exam:
- Flat Buckle collar, a harness (not a no pull harness), a chainless martingale collar.
- Regular leash (four to six foot leash) no flexi leashes.
General Exam Information:
- The K9to5 therapy dog exam is fluid. The exam will take place at two different facilities, one of which must be a medical facility (nursing home, assisted living, hospice, hospital etc.) The exam starts as soon as you arrive at the facility to fill out paperwork.
- You will do a visit and be evaluated as a team.
- Verbal praise and praise in the form of petting is allowed.
- No treats or training aids are allowed during the exam.
- All commands must be by voice and/or hand signals only.
In Brief, you will be evaluated on the following in two different medical locations:
- How your dog acts to behavior triggers.
- How your dog reacts to medical equipment.
- How your dog reacts to residents.
- How your dog interacts with the residents.
- How your dog reacts to another dog.
- How you interact with the residents.
- How you handle your dog throughout the visit.
In detail, you will be evaluated on the following:
- Wait/Stay (sit/stand/down); Wait/Stay = all forward motion is stopped
- Leave it
- Move to the side (dog parallel to the wall and no more than 6 inches from the wall), the owner is in front of the dog close to wall as well
- Stand (from sit, from down)
- Loose leash walking.
- Walking very slowly
- Walking past another dog (no closer than 2 feet to each other)
- Prolonged bear hugs
- Prolonged eye contact
- Ear tugs
- Tail tugs
- Paw handling
- Looking in mouth, teeth etc
- Rough head petting
- Quick foot movements towards them
- Collar grabs
- Resource guarding
- Startle effect:
- Remaining calm as someone rushes by (from the front, back and the side)
- Remaining calm when a crutch is knocked over close to them (within 10 feet)
- Sudden body movements
- A resident sitting
- A resident walking
- A resident in their bed
- Entering a room (you should always knock and mention you a have a dog)
- Entering the facility (you should always stop at the front desk, let them know that you are a K9to5 Therapy Dog visiting today.
- Do you recognize when and what stresses you?
- What do you do about your stress?
- Know what environment you do best in
- Do you talk to your dog?
- Do you recognize if your dog is stressed?
- When your dog is stressed, what do you do?
- Know what environment your dog works best in
- Dress appropriately
- Dog needs to be bathed and well groomed before visits