…..I was speaking to a well-respected breeder of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and mentioned to her that I had picked up my new puppy from his breeder at the age of nine weeks. She looked at me with some amazement and said “Nine weeks? That is leaving the puppy in its litter for an awfully long time. I believe that the scientific data says that the optimal time to send a puppy to its new home is at seven weeks — 49 days to be precise. I never let a puppy go much earlier than that, regardless of a buyer pressuring me to let a puppy go at age 6 weeks, but I do try to get the puppies adopted as close to seven weeks as possible. Socially speaking, the litter is a very competitive environment. I believe that if the puppies stay in the litter too long they start to develop a pecking order and a strong pattern of dominant or submissive behaviors around their littermates. I think that these carry over when they leave and can be a source of social and behavioral problems later on.”
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Who Should Attend?
- Any person age 16+ desiring a better understand of the field of therapy dog service and the process of qualifying their dog and themselves to become a therapy handler team either as a volunteer or in a paid position.
- Professionally trained and licensed healthcare-related clinicians and educators wanting to integrate animal-assisted therapy into their practices.
- Directors of volunteer services in hospitals and other non-profit and government agencies starting up or expanding an animal therapy program.
- College educators and other learning program managers wanting to increase student enrollment and revenue.
- HR professionals desiring to increase employee job satisfaction by providing therapy dog services at their workplace.
- Private sector operating executives desiring to increase customer and patron satisfaction.
Richard Katz and his Standard Poodle, Rudy, is certified to provide therapy dog services for disaster relief, having obtained the highest “complex” rating from Pet Partners. Rudy and Richard have provided therapy dog services for a variety facilities including the UCLA Health System, Los Angeles Airport, dependency rehabilitation agencies, colleges, hotels, and community agencies to name a few.
Richard holds a B.A. in Business Administration from UCLA and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from University of Minnesota and has been an educator and corporate training director for over 20 years.