JAG - Dog Therapy Training
New Dog Training Class Forming
About 96 percent of dogs who end up in shelters with behavioral problems have not received any obedience training, according to a recent study in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
But your dog doesn't have to become a part of this statistic! JLab staff, users and their family members can join the JAG Dog Training Club. A new Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog class is starting on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Support Service Center lobby.Dogs who attend this class must be at least 6 months old, housebroken and up-to-date on all shots. For more information, contact Joyce Miller, email@example.com or ext. 7163 or Brian Kross, firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 7022.
Ready to Teach Fido Some Manners?
JAG Dog Training Club Graduates Fourth Class of
The Jefferson Lab Activities Group Dog Training Club
fourth class of therapy dogs on June 28. In order to
become a certified
therapy dog, a dog had to pass a series of tests including
sit and down
on command, coming when called, navigating around a person
wheelchair or on crutches, and staying in place and
remaining calm when
a child runs past. A dog is evaluated by a CGC/TDI
evaluator and after
passing the tests, given the title of Canine Good
Now in its fourth year, the JAG Dog Training Club plans to hold a basic obedience class at the beginning of each year to train a new group of therapy dogs. Dogs from past classes have gone on to do some much-needed therapy work in the community, according to Joyce Miller, Physics Division, and club captain.
Once a month Dan Young, Physics Division Hall C designer, and his Samoyed, Nikko, visit patients at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. In order to visit CHKD, in addition to his CGC/TDI rating, Nikko had to be evaluated by the CHKD program staff. Young takes along some of Nikko's show ribbons to pass out to the children.
Mary Beth Stewart, Project Management and Integrated Planning technical illustrator, takes her talented golden retriever, Tobie, to visit patients at the York Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.
Joyce Miller, Physics Division Hall A designer, and her greyhounds, Sammy and PG, will be attending an event called Greyhounds Rock in Fredericksburg, Va., this year, a fund raiser for canine cancer research at Ohio State University.
Brian Kross, Detector Group designer, and his boxer,
participate in the Paws to Read program at Hampton and
The Canine Good Citizen, CGC, is a certification program of the American Kennel Club. The dogs and handlers must complete a multi-step test. The primary objective of the Therapy Dog International, TDI, dog and handler is to provide comfort and companionship by sharing the dog with patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. This is done in a way that increases emotional well being, promotes healing, and improves the quality of life for the people being visited and the staff that cares for these people, according to the website.
Therapy Dog International receives many requests for
visits. Locally, The Arbors at Port Warwick senior
community and the
Peninsula Regional Jail are currently requesting therapy
dog visits, so
more trained dogs are always welcome and the JAG dogs can
those voids, Miller adds.
The JAG Dog Training Club is open to all employees, users, family members and their dogs. The club meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Support Service Center lobby. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the dog club and training their dog, may contact Miller, ext. 7163 or email email@example.com , or Brian Kross, co-captain, ext. 7022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . In addition to the therapy dog class, the dog training club also has held classes in agility, rally obedience and K-9 nosework.
get a new puppy for Christmas? Or did you make a new
resolution to train the dog you have?
Then join the JLab Activities Group Dog Training Club for a Basic Obedience class!
There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the BEAMS Classroom, Support Service Center Room 72. Bring your own bag lunch and we will be showing a video called "On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals".
start on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at
Beechwood Recreation Center in Denbigh, Newport News.
For more information contact Joyce Miller, ext. 7163 or email@example.com or Brian Kross, ext. 7022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jefferson Lab Dog Training Club held a holiday party for club members on Dec. 14, 2010. The group, including their canine buddies, played lots of holiday games and had a gift exchange between the dogs. A good time was had by all – both canine and human, according to Joyce Miller, club co-captain.
Back Row, standing from left to right: Peter Monaghan, Connie Adams and Gizmo (Rat Terrier/Toy Poodle Mix), William Whitaker, Jen Monaghan and Shadow (Yorkshire Terrier) and Brian Kross and Loki (Boxer).