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About the Position
Position #: 1741
OrganizationSt. John Ambulance NS/PEI
Position: Therapy Dog Team - Therapy Dog Program
Location: 72 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth, NS, Canada
Impact Statement: St. John Ambulance highlights and recognizes the diverse talents that our volunteers have. The impact they have on our community does not go unnoticed by the people we serve. The organizations that we partner with would not be able to offer the variety of services that we provide without our volunteers and their dedication to helping their community.
Description: Therapy Dog Services take volunteers and their dogs into hospitals, seniors' residences, nursing homes, or a growing number of institutions on a regular basis. Through petting, affection, and consistent visitation, many people benefit both physically and emotionally from the unconditional love of a dog.
Training Details: During the Therapy Dog Program Evaluation, you and your dog will be subjected to a number of situations, stresses and challenges, as part of a mock visit to a health care facility. This will test his/her temperament, sociability and ability to follow handler’s lead. Dogs will also be assessed for cleanliness and good grooming.

Some examples of key indicators of a suitable St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Team include:
• Responses that do not contain fear or aggression
• Friendliness towards other dogs and strangers
• Safe and easy handler control

A good Therapy Dog will beg for attention, using a quiet mannerly disposition. The dog cannot show rejection, nor be too boisterous or assertive in its behaviour. The dog must be on leash and under control of the handler at all times.
Minimum Duration: 7 - 12 months
Timing: Anytime
Time Detail: Visits are coordinated with the Facility you are paired with and your availability.
Age: 18+
Ideal for: An Individual
Transportation: On a bus route
Accessibility: Support volunteers with special needs, Support Newcomers and ESL
Area(s) of Interest: Animals/Pets, Health Care/Emergency, Senior Services
Skill(s): Verbal Communication, Motivate Others, Accountability, Empathy, Respect
How to Apply
Application File:
Website: http://www.sja.ca
Email: Send an Email Message
Contact: Robert Howlett
Phone: 902-377-2302
Address: 72 Highfield Park Drive Dartmouth, B3A 4R9

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