Clever Canines Therapy & Obedience Club

Offering dog training classes,therapy dog testing& therapy dog visits.

Therapy Dog Information

Dogs  are non-judgemental and giving beings who have a unique enthusiasm for  life. They have an uncanny way of making us smile and feel better. Our  registered therapy dogs regularly visit nursing homes, assisted living  facilities, a local hospital and school, inviting all they meet to pet  them, forget their troubles and feel loved for a little while. Our  therapy work allows us to share our dogs with others in a manner which  enriches the lives of all involved.
 

How do I join Clever Canines on therapy visits?

In order to properly prepare your dog for therapy visits with Clever Canines, you and your dog will need to successfully complete the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Test and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Test.  (Alliance of Therapy Dogs, formerly Therapy Dogs Incorporated, is a  national therapy dog team registry) Both of these tests will document  that your dog has basic obedience skills, an appropriate level of  responsiveness to you and would behave politely and calmly in a variety  of situations. 

THE FIVE STEPS TO BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE CLEVER CANINES THERAPY TEAM:

  1. Pass the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Test
  2. Pass the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Test
  3. Go on at least three observed therapy dog visits 
  4. Register with Alliance of Therapy Dogs to obtain your member number and your dog's member number 
  5. After you have been certified by Alliance of Therapy Dogs you can apply to join the Clever Canines Therapy Team. 


You may begin therapy visits with us after following these steps.  We look forward to having you and your canine friend being a part of our group!
 

******THERE IS NEVER A FEE PAID TO CLEVER CANINES TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR THERAPY VISITS*****

 (We simply ask that you purchase an Alliance of Therapy Dogs vest for your dog and a CGC patch to sew onto that vest.  *Please note that Alliance of Therapy Dogs does not require your dog to take and  pass the AKC CGC test to become a registered therapy dog.

 

If  this sounds like something you would like to add to your spare time  activities, we would be glad to help you work toward completion of these  tests. Please contact us at julie@clevercaninesinfo.com more information.

Dog laying with child while the child is reading a book.

Reading Programs

Research  shows that children who are learning to read feel more relaxed and less  self-conscious when reading to dogs. The program aims to improve  reading skills, nurture a lifelong love of reading, and help children  build bonds with dogs. 


Clever Canines Therapy & Obedience Club has teamed with the  Colonial Heights Public Library to enhance children's love of reading  through the use of certified therapy dogs. Children participating in the  program have the opportunity to come to the library to read to dogs  (and their owners). 


All  dog and owner teams have successfully completed the AKC’s Canine Good  Citizen Test and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Test and regularly visit  nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
 

You must sign up in advance at the the City of Colonial Heights Public  Library's website.  Children should be in grades 2, 3, or 4 to  participate.  You can sign your child up at either library to read to a  therapy dog during a 15 minute individual session.