Thinking of joining? Here are some important traits your dog and you should have:
Both dogs and humans need some basic skills to become members of Bark Avenue. Commitment to the organization is essential. Bark Avenue works in groups, so extra effort from all members is required to present quality service to the people we visit. Dog handlers need to demonstrate responsibility for human safety issues as well as canine pack dynamics. Above all, members of Bark Avenue are expected to respect other group members, both human and canine, and those individuals we visit.
Many Bark Avenue dogs have obedience training, but others come from diverse backgrounds. Some members' dogs gained extensive public experience as a result of being handled frequently by groomers and judges. Others successfully experienced many different types of people and places as well-adjusted pets. They may not have received formal obedience training, but their handlers developed a working relationship with them.
This relationship is significant; mutual awareness and responsiveness is expected between handlers and their dogs. Both also need awareness of, and responsiveness to, the environment. Dog control is a condition of membership.
New members have six months after joining Bark Avenue to register their dogs with a national therapy dog organization; no other special titles or achievements are required. Dogs who perform obedience skills and tricks have opportunities to demonstrate these at events, however, our main purpose is to safely share our four footed friends with others.
What's the application process like?
Applicants are guided through a process which serves two purposes: 1.) to evaluate and train dog/handler teams, and 2.) to give applicants an opportunity to confirm their wish to make a commitment to the activities of the organization. If you would like more details about joining Bark Avenue on Parade, we would like to hear from you.
To start the process or inquire for more information, please contact our Membership Director.
Links to more information…
- The Pet Arthritis Resource Center
- Dog Play
- Dog Shirts
- Council Of Docked Breeds
- O.F.A. (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, Inc.)
- Greyhound Pets Of America
- The Greyhound ProjectNetVet
- Therapy Pets-The Animal-Human Healing Partnership
- Links to other AAT sites
- Reccomended AAT Books
National AAT Registries:
|Alpha Affiliates, Inc. 103 Washington St. Suite #362 Morristown, NJ 07960-6813 201-539-2770 Fax 201-644-0610||Delta Society (Pet Partners) 289 Perimeter Road East Renton, WA 98055 206-226-7357|
|Therapy Dogs Inc. (TDInc.) P.O. Box 5868 Cheyenne, WY 82003||Love On A Leash Therapy Dog Progarm, Inc. 3809 Plaza Drive #107-309 Oceanside, CA 92056 Phone (619) 630-4824|
|Therapy Dogs International (TDI) 6 Hilltop Road Mendham, NJ 07945 518-377-4979|