One of the easiest ways to start an argument among people who own dogs as pets is to raise the issue “Which is better, a purebred or a mixed-breed dog?” In such an argument the mixed-breed advocates are apt to bring up the topic of “hybrid vigor”. This refers to the idea that mixed-breed dogs have fewer health problems because of a more diversified gene pool. While it is true that certain purebred dogs can show a number of physical problems which are genetically based, the jury is still out on whether mixed-breed dogs are healthier overall. Thus far the data suggests that mixed-breed dogs can inherit many of the problems associated with each of the breeds that goes into their makeup. So the general consensus seems to be that mixed-breed dogs are no more or less likely to have health issues than their purebred counterparts. However, what about behavioral differences?
Our community college partners offer courses designed to assist you in achieving your therapy dog registration, conforming to the requirements of leading local and national registering agencies. Click here for participating colleges, teaching schedules and faculty qualifications.
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.