A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, assisted living homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, or anywhere a therapy dog is requested and their presence appropriate. Therapy dogs are usually not assistance, emotional support, or service dogs, but can be one or both with some organizations.
“A Simple Act of Kindness Creates An Endless Ripple…….” – Author Unknown
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Mohammed Ali
The GO TEAM is an active group of handler/therapy dog teams working in states across the US (including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico). We even have a team in South Korea! Handlers and dogs wanting to join GO TEAM go through a rigorous two-day, hands-on situational training program. Teams that pass are offered membership into the GO TEAM. Teams that don’t pass are given a list of skills to practice and can come to the another GO TEAM training at no additional cost. We want teams to be successful! This is why each year, members are required to attend a GO TEAM training session so our trainers can get “eyes on the dog/handler” before memberships are renewed. We are committed to providing the training and support necessary for our members to be successful therapy dog volunteers in their communities.
Did you know each color on the GO TEAM Therapy Dog Patch has a meaning?
Red: Honors Our First Responders (Firefighters, Hot Shots, EMS……)
Black: Honors Our Fallen Military
Blue: Honors Our Law Enforcement Officers
White: Honors The Special People in Our Lives Who Are No Longer With Us