Savannah Chapter 131 of Therapy Dogs International will host a therapy dog clinic at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Riverview Nursing Home, 6711 LaRoche Ave. in Savannah, to prepare dog-handler teams for the TDI test March 22 in Beaufort.
Preregistration is not necessary for the clinic, but space is limited. For details please contact Kelly Meyer at 912-238-3170 or firstname.lastname@example.org,or Sheila Phillips at 912-484-5776 or email@example.com,to register for the clinic.
The March 22 test will be hosted by Therapy Dogs International Beaufort Chapter 229 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at BayView Manor LLC, 11 S. Todd Dr. in Beaufort. Please contact Merle Hoagland at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information. Advance registration with payment of the $10 fee is required for the test. Space in the test is limited to10 dog-handler teams.
The test is demanding, and participating in a clinic beforehand is highly recommended.
The Lowcountry needs more therapy dog and handler teams, which visit hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes to bring emotional support to residents. They also participate in the "Tail-Waggin' Tutors" program, helping children with their reading skills at local elementary schools and the YMCA in Beaufort.
To reach the clinic site on LaRoche Avenue, drive down the left side of the building and park in the lot behind the building. Walk up the alley between buildings and enter the Gibbons Chapel/Center by the first door on the left. Plan to be at the clinic for at least two hours.
There is no charge for the clinic.
For both the clinic and the test, dogs must wear a flat buckle collar with a 6-foot leash, and handlers must provide the dog's current shot record at both events. Dogs must be one year old to take the test.
To prepare for the clinic and the test, go to the TDI website at tdi-dog.org and read the test requirements.