What is Dr. Dog and how can my dog join the program?
PAWS' Dr. Dog is an animal-assisted therapy program under Animals Asia's Dr. Dog Program.
We're always on the lookout for recruits! If you think you know any able capable possible Dr.Dog, lead 'em towards our scent! Aside from being very friendly and well-socialized, applicants must also be spayed/neutered.
For interested applicants, more details about Dr. Dog can be found below from the Animals Asia site:
Basic Volunteer Requirements
Is your dog suitable to be a Doctor or a Professor?
The Examination - what to expect
The examination for potential Dr. Dogs / Professor Paws consists of 3 basic parts and takes approximately 10 minutes:
1. Initial observation of the dog interacting with their owner, strangers and other dogs. Dogs should have a loving bond with their owner and appear relaxed and friendly towards new people and dogs.
2. Temperament Assessment: Examiners begin with a basic health check, examining eyes, ears, teeth and skin condition. This progresses to handling the dog all over, pulling ears, pinching skin, pulling their tail, blowing in their face, touching their paws and checking for possible areas of pain in the back and hips. We do need to handle the dogs quite roughly in order to asses their tolerance levels and reaction to patients (i.e. small children who may inadvertently pull their tail.) Dogs are also assessed for their reaction to loud noises and behaviour around food - they must remain calm and not 'snatch' at food, even when teased.
If a dog is not aggressive but shies away from human contact or seems unhappy, this is not a good choice for Dr. Dog. The programme promotes happy animals as well as happy people and it is not our aim to involve dogs who will simply put up with being patted. They must enjoy their role too!
3. Basic Obedience: Dogs should walk calmly and quietly on a leash with their owners and be able to "sit", "stay" and "come" on command. Owners should display a reasonable amount of control over their dog and the dog should respond readily to instructions. (As mentioned, we would be willing to be lenient with this requirement for as long as you have control over your dog at all times and he/she is well-mannered.)
Potential Dr. Dogs should…..
Potential Dr. Dogs should not….
We believe that dogs either have the sort of friendly, tolerant temperament required, or don't - and this is something that cannot be forced, but is inherent in a dog's personality. Few dogs pass the rigorous Dr Dog examination, but this does not make the ones that fail "bad" dogs. For this reason, we prefer that people do not engage in extra preparation, resulting in negative reinforcement, in order to "train" their dog for a Dr Dog programme.
There is no fee to join the PAWS Dr. Dog Program or for the assessment. For our Dr. Dog volunteers, the only cost is the transportation of getting to the school/hospital (though we do try to coordinate with the organization who has asked for the activitiy if they can provide the transpo/pick up of our volunteers).
If your dog is not yet spayed/neutered, we offer low-cost spay/neuter. The PARC Clinic rates can be found here: veterinary services
Please let us know if/when you would like to schedule your dog for an assessment.
You may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call tel. 475-1688 during office hours (10am-5pm Mondays to Saturdays except holidays).
Also if you are connected with any hospitals with wards that are full of our speciality - kids who are confined for long periods of time, sign us up for our rounds! The kind of medicine we bring is something to see! We're best with kids who are confined to their beds with the lights dimming in their eyes. We find their inner spark and ignite the flames of recovery!
To all our Doctor Dogs - we are so proud of you! Keep up the good work!
Dr. Dog Philippines (PAWS Website)
From street dog to Dr. Dog (PAWS Website)
Dr. Dog (Animals Asia Website)
Inquirer Magazine article (Sept 2011): Doggone it, these docs are too cute!
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