HEALTH & EDUCATION SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE YOU THINKING OF HAVING A DOG AT YOUR FACILITY?
The team at Competent K9 provides the highest quality knowledge, resources and practical support for health and education service providers who plan to or already have incorporated a dog into the delivery of their services.
...DOWNLOAD THE 20 QUESTIONS YOU MUST ANSWER BEFORE THE DOG WALKS THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR
Regardless of the field in which you work or the type of facility you are requesting the dog to visit, this checklist is a valuable resource in equipping you with some of the key elements that must be considered.
Respite centres, nursing homes or aged care facilities
Every person and every dog brings to the table their prior experiences, their thoughts, their feelings, their culture.
The transition from independence to temporary or permanent care can be extremely traumatic to any person.
However what other traumas have your clients also recently gone through?
...Have they had to move away from loved ones? Give up their own pet dog? - Did it die? Was it given away? Does their son or daughter now have it and it lives outside alone in the backyard, when it was their sole companion day in and day out who loved to cuddle up next to them on the lounge and watch TV.
When a visiting pet dog comes into the room of this person will they be pre-warned? Will they have had the opportunity to tell their story, no matter how harrowing or how joyful it may be prior to an unknown dog and person, knocking and asking if they can come into their room ...their home. Download the checklist below so you can ensure the wellbeing and safety of the people in your care.
There are not too many experiences within a persons stay in hospital that are solely under their control. Rarely does a person have the option to have their own pet cuddle into them while they are sick. Having a therapy animal visit a person in hospital may or may not provide an empowering experience. Learn how to critically reflect on your current practices so you can ensure you are on the right track in enhancing service outcomes and increasing patient satisfaction.
Secure and correctional facilities
Low through to high security facilities bring their own gamet of unique characteristics and obstacles. Although many of the daily activities and routine may be mundane and 'normal' for staff and other people who regularly frequent such facilities, not many dogs have been raised in an environment where there are a lot of people in echoing spaces, accompanied by sporadic loud noises. Not to mention the multitude of layered thoughts swirling around their trusty handlers minds that prisons have the ability to conjure up. A visiting dog and handler may need to be desensitised to various noises, and potential situations if they are visiting such a facility. Prior preparation can enable dog handlers remain focused on their dog and not become overwhelmed or distracted by the environment. A dog primarily communicates through body language, therefore eyes need to be on their dog. But just like a child in a lolly shop if you are intrigued about being within a secure facility you will want to look around. While you're looking around no one is listening to your dog and ensuring that there are no early warning signs of discomfort.. Download the checklist below to see the types of questions you should be asking the team that has been sent to visit your facility to ensure they are equipped with the skill and level of knowledge to deliver the service you have requested.