Upcoming classes and events

Apologies for the website under construction!  Please bear with me as I learn.

FUNdamentals classes (January 2019) are gearing up, beginning the week of Sunday January 6th.   There are currently spaces on Monday nights at 6 and 7:30pm.  (There is a waiting list now for Sunday.) 

A Therapy Dog Handler class is being offerred, beginning Tuesday Janary 22nd (2019).   If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a Therapy Dog Handler then this class is for you.  Learn the best practices to do it safely for all those concerned: the resident, the facility, your sponsoring club, you and your dog.

For more information about either FUNdamentals or Therapy Dog Handler classes please use the contact tool on the next page.

 

 

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Meghann's Dog Page

http://www.healingheelingpaws.com   or  twitter address  @HealingHeelingP

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I have been owned by dogs pretty much all my life.  They have become even more important in my life over the past 20+ years since I've been involved with Therapy Dogs.  I have held a variety of organization positions in the field:  VP - Human/Animal Bond Association of Canada, Provincial Coordinator & Evaluator - St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs, and, as Programme Coordinator, Evaluator, and volunteer handler with River Valley Obedience Hospital Visitation programme.  This field has taken me to many conferences and seminars, most memorably Geneva, Prague, Glasgow and with any luck, Denver in 2013.

At one point I seriously considered chucking the "professional" career as an economist to work solely with dogs in training and therapy activities.  However, that economist track allowed us to continue paying the mortgage as the vast majority of activity with Therapy Dogs is volunteer-based.  At the moment I have only a few speaking engagements (hence the simple linked page as opposed to a standalone site).   

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Therapy Dog Projects:

Based on a news article that I had seen about Dalhouse University hosting Therapy Dogs -- I contacted the Student Council at UNB about doing the same.  The project took off!  (My friends call me "Pandora" now!)

UNB staff and students came together in a phenomenal hurry.  Another dozen of my true friends stepped up to help me with Therapy Dogs.  Together, we had 15 dogs over two nights during Christmas Exam week.  We touched the lives of over 650 students.  The event was absolutely Amazing.  Exhilarating.  Exhausting.  Uplifting.  Emotional.  Such a wonderful way to give back to the community.

The calm before the storm.

Note the clutch grip on the leaning dog.

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Older Photos

Barb Charters Memorial Trophy, (RVO, Obedience), with both Peppermint Patti & SchroederRally Obedience

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member of Honour Guard, St. John Ambulance Investiture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honour Guard, St. John Ambulance Investiture, New Brunswick Lt. Governor H. Chiasson (in front).