We have been building
dog handler teams for Hospital programs since 2002 and building dogs
for specialized work since 1980. As of April '09 we have
trained over 209 teams specifically for hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.
We currently contract with Edward Hospital-Naperville, Northwest
Community Hospital-Arlington Heights, Palos Community Hospital, OSF
St. Anthony's-Rockford, and OSF St. Francis-Peoria.
As of May '09 we have trained over 209 teams specifically for
hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.
If you are interested in setting up a dog program
in your hospital, school, prison, nursing home, or rehab facility call Sue at 815-590-8008
or contact Patty at
We can train and supply Professional Rehabilitation
Dogs for your facility, or we can locate and train volunteers to
come work with your physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
established polices that encompass all needs for staff, patients,
We have trained over 10 dogs for use in
specific, therapeutic programs at Linden Oaks Behavioral Healthcare
Facility. Units include the Child/Adolescent Units, S.A.F.E
Alternatives (for treatment of individuals who self-injure), eating
disorders, and adult inpatient programs.
The use of therapy dogs in schools is most popular
in reading programs, but we forget that the middle age and high
school students need help too. Dogbuilders offers counseling
programs for those troubled teens and 'tweens that do not understand
the concept of unconditional love.
Teen Groups - this goal directed, creative
program will help students learn how to use dogs to facilitate
communication, empower students, teach responsibility, kindness, and
trust without discrimination.
Middle Age kids - the 'tween phase is a
difficult stage for boys and girls. We build self-esteem,
discuss the effects of positive and negative reinforcement, and
teach responsibility and boundaries, etc.
Elementary Schools - The use of dogs has
proven to be a highly effective tool to help these young students
improve their reading skills. We also offer dog safety programs to
help reduce dog bites.
Dog Evaluation and Training
Since 2001, we have evaluated over 2,000
dog/handler teams for therapy work. We have been bite by,
growled at, and jumped on by several 'registered' therapy dogs
and one Service Dog.
Dogbuilders makes sure our dog/handler teams are
safe, well-trained, compassionate, and presentable so that your
legal department and any infection control issues are not a barrier
to allowing dogs in your facility.
We continue to streamline and modify policy and
procedure to meet the ever changing demands of AAT work in all
settings. Contact us if you are interested in setting up a dog program
in your hospital, school, prison, or rehab facility.
Sue at 815-590-8008