Greetings Dog Lovers,
I am Lori Berg owner, breeder, and certified dog trainer of Rock of Ages Kennel. I’ve been involved in therapy dog/ community service since 1998, and a member of Bright & Beautiful since 2000 with my Rottweiler, Schlitz… I can honestly say of the different Therapy groups around at that time I was most impressed with B & B because they were more than just a CGC test. I put a lot of time and consideration into designing my own 7 week therapy dog / obedience training class. I believe it takes commitment, dedication and compassion to work as a therapy dog/ handler team, and it takes skill, training, specific training. There are a lot of good dogs out there I said, but they do need specific training for this job, I take therapy dog training seriously because it is serious work of the most personal kind. I constantly remind my students that this is not rally or agility, this is serious work and we must keep that in our mind and be disciplined in our training. I do not accept any dog that has had any type of bite training into my program, no matter how well the owner says he /she is. My standards pertaining to temperament of the potential therapy dog is extremely high. We are taking our dogs into health care facilities to promote healing and that my friend is a serious job.
In my therapy dog obedience training program safety is first and the best bite is no bite. My class meets for 7, 1 ½ hour sessions, where my students receive lecture and training.I am currently the training director/program advisor for Riverside Hospital “Animal Ambassadors”( since 2006) therapy dog program. Everyone benefits from the mere presence of these animal ambassadors including the health care providers, residents, visitors and staff. We have a great team of volunteer handlers and I believe the benefits of pet therapy work both ways.
Everyone reading this knows it’s true, studies show that interacting with a pet can actually benefit your health! The use of canines to help mankind is known throughout the world. The bond between man and dog is age old. The need for therapy dogs has risen. Hospitals, nursing homes,assisted living centers, psychiatric institutions, children’s homes, rehabilitation centers and private individuals to name a few. It truly is a wonderful feeling to see the happiness that my dog brings to other people, a joyful sense of accomplishment,
I NEED YOUR HELP RAISING FUNDS~ I am super excited to announce my children’s book project has been accepted and is now live. Please view my project by clicking onto this link,
I ask you please show your support by helping me raise funds to bring my project to life. Please donate. Thank you, Peace & Paw’s~Lori
Even a $5 donation can get your name printed in my book on the page of supporters. You can also help out big time by sharing this post on your Facebook, twitter, etc…THANK YOU!