QC CAN unleashes the healing power of therapy dogs
DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) -·If you’re a dog lover, just being with your pet feels good. So it’s no surprise that therapy dogs are healing companions for all types of people.
Angie Hall, President, Head trainer & program director, and Samantha Denkman, vice president & assistant trainer, with Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network (QC CAN) are the guests on PSL to highlight all aspects of their non-profit mission. Three of the therapy dogs are also featured: Mater, Oliver, and Bizou.
QC CAN is an organization of trained, highly-skilled, and certified pet therapy dogs for use on a volunteer basis in the Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities to enrich the lives of others.
The dogs delight all during visits to places like libraries, schools and colleges, nursing homes, hospitals, and mental health facilities. QC CAN also volunteers at museums, private parties, and community events.
These calm, well-behaved dogs have no judgement towards children that read aloud, can help students de-stress during finals week, or provide comfort to benefit the mental and physical wellbeing for those in a health crisis or dealing with the aftermath tragedy.
QC CAN is always looking to add new, like-minded members. If you are interested in training your dog to become a therapy dog, contact Angie to get a temperament evaluation and enroll in a basic obedience class. A therapy dog can be of any size or breed but must be at least one year old. All participating canines MUST have a good temperament. Training therapy dogs usually takes 6 -12 months. After certification, continued education is required.
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