Traditional canine-assisted experiences occur when a therapy dog is taken to a hospital, senior center, hospice, school or a crisis location to offer comfort to those in need.
DogAbility changed this traditional practice so that people visit us at our location.
People arrive by bus or car after scheduling an appointment. We are open 7 days a week between 9-5pm for scheduling. We also schedule all our dog teams based on size, energy and skills using a calendar that coincides with their availability.
These individuals and groups visit with our certified canine teams for purposes of education, recreation, socialization, inspiration or comfort.
Having our own facility allows us to set up areas where people and dogs can engage in activities such as with agility obstacles, tricks, games and wagon rides as well as comfort visits and education on canine care.
Our dogs and their handlers are certified as a team, referred to as Certified Activity Therapy Teams (CATTs) and are covered by our liability insurance while representing DogAbility at our location and/or when specifically sent as a team to represent us at off-site presentations or events.
We do not send our CATTs to visit participants at off-site locations as there are other traditional therapy organizations that provide dogs for those types of visits.
What does it mean to be a Certified Activity Therapy Team (CATT)?
All our Certified Activity Therapy Teams are owners and their pet dogs. Dogs may already be registered therapy dogs, retired or current competition dogs or simply beloved family dogs that people would like to share with children and adults who come to participate in our program.
The role of a DogAbility Certified Activity Therapy Team (CATT) is to engage with your own dog and our participants while involved in a variety of activities. Our activities include running a dog through a tunnel and over a jump, pulling kids in a wagon, finding a hidden tennis ball, demonstrations or teaching about canine breeds, care and management or perhaps sitting quietly on the floor with your dog for a comfort or peaceful visit.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can answer your questions and/or discuss your role and attendance at upcoming sessions or events.
Please include your phone number so we may contact you.
We hope to see you at DogAbility Center in the near future!
On Aerial Way in Syosset
PO Box 7437, Hicksville, NY 11802-7437
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