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Edward-Elmhurst Health set to recruit new dogs for Animal-Assisted Therapy program

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Above / Edward-Elmhurst Health seeks additional dogs for its Animal-Assisted Therapy program with temperament testing in January, followed by mandatory training in March. (PN File Photo)

Edward-Elmhurst Health is seeking additional dogs for its Animal-Assisted Therapy program at Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital. To be considered, visit www.eehealth.org/ways-to-give/volunteer/animal-assisted-therapy and complete the online application. Applicants will be contacted for pre-screening.

Individuals who meet qualification requirements will be scheduled for temperament testing on one of the following days – Fri., Jan. 12 or Sat., Jan. 13 – within a two-hour time slot at Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington St. in Naperville.

Dogs and their handlers selected for the program must attend mandatory training at Edward Hospital from 8AM to 5PM on both Sat., March 9, and Sun., March 10.

For more information, call Cynthia Brooks at (630) 527-5305 or email cynthia.brooks@eehealth.org.

To be considered, dogs must meet the following requirements:

  • Sit/down/stay/recall/leave it on command
  • Walk loosely on a leash without pulling
  • Get along well with other dogs
  • Perform required commands without treats
  • Like people
  • Not be overly vocal
  • Be at least one year of age at time of testing
  • Lived with you for at least six months at time of testing
  • Current on all vaccinations
  • Prong collars, gentle leaders and retractable leashes are not accepted
  • Handlers must be 18 years of age or older

Handlers and their dogs are encouraged to have completed a group obedience training class within the past year.

Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Animal-Assisted Therapy program began in 2002 and has made more than 240,000 patient visits in that time.

Story submitted by Keith Hartenberger | System Director, Media Relations
NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health.

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