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Emma 19th Apr 2021 Dog petting
Hi. I would like to start a petting dog business taking my very gentle tempered puppy to bring some love to people in care homes. I feel by spending a little time with a dog will bring lots of love and stimulation to the elderly with Dementia. I have realised this when I was allowed to visit my lovely mother after lockdown and I took Teddy my chihuahua puppy to meet her. Does anybody know how I can offer this and how to start? I would really appreciate some advice. Thank you
Susan 20th Apr 2021 Activity Director
Hi Emma
It is a wonderful idea to have a pet or a friendly dog visit the residents
You will have to make sure that your dog has all his shots
You may want to register your dog as a pet therapy dog
Know that there are some groups that offer this service for free
I don’t know if you can get a grant or not but you might want to look into that
I don’t know how much money you want to make doing this or this is just a sideline business??
Here is some information about starting pet visiting program in a facility
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-setup-a-pet-visiting-program/6081/
Good luck to you
Helen 30th Apr 2021 Activities Coordinator
Hi Emma,
We used to have regular visits to the Hospice from Pets As Therapy (PAT) dogs. They were pre-approved, trained and insured etc. Maybe something to look into or ask for advice.
I know it's a little more involved, but I think both you and the dog need to be trained in infection control, behaviour, safe guarding etc. Also a DBS and insurance will be required in the UK.
hope this helps.
Susan 30th Apr 2021 Activity Director
Hi Helen
Thank you for your input
I am sure it will be most helpful
Emma 1st May 2021 Dog petting
Thank you soo much it is very helpful I will look into it.

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