Seven Pit Bulls, one Cane Corso and one Rottweiler passed their the TDI (Therapy Dogs International) therapy tests today and can join the crew of Thera-pits, a group of registered therapy dogs that work with children in different Cleveland area programs.
Chris Hughes, founder of Rowdy to the Rescue and cofounder of the Thera-pits program, is working hard to change the stigma attached to Pit Bulls. Hughes, along with Elite K911 Obedience and Behavior offer free classes to Pit Bulls in the Cleveland area to become certified therapy dogs. Applicants that pass are invited to join their program. The only cost associated with the program is the fee to register the dog as an official therapy dog once he/she passes the test.
The CGC and Registered Therapy Dogs visit schools in the city of Cleveland to educate children on the Pit Bull breed and the correct care of companion animals. They also work with children with special needs in a multitude of different programs such as reading therapy programs.
With the success of today’s graduates, registration is open for ten more dogs to sign up for classes.
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Before a dog is accepted into the training program, he has to be assessed to see whether or not he has what it takes to be a good candidate. To schedule an assessment, email Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-225-2132.
The class date will be set once ten prospective dogs are signed up. The class will take place over four weeks, with the TDI test given the fifth week. The classes will be conducted by Elite K911 Training and will be held at their Center at 31740 Cook Rd. in North Ridgeville.
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