What is a therapy dog?

A therapy dog visits people in nursing home and hospitals to bring a little love into their daily routine. Therapy dogs are calm, obedient, loving family pets whose owners wish to share their dogs with members of the community who could benefit from a dog's unconditional love and acceptance.

Can my dog be a therapy dog?

In order to be a therapy dog, your dog must be evaluated to determine his suitability for the program. The evaluation assesses his reactions to sudden noises, other dogs, wheelchairs, elevators and such, as well as his basic training and temperament. Once a dog passes his evaluation, he and his handler first visit with an experienced team before they are given their own assignment. Since our therapy dogs visits are so eagerly anticipated by our clients, our volunteers must commit to weekly scheduled visits. Often our clients become friends, making the experience even more rewarding for our teams. If you think you may be interested in joining our group, please email us at admin@ectd.ca for more information. We are always looking for new recruits!

Where do East Central Therapy Dogs visit?

We visit all the nursing and retirement homes in Peterborough and surrounding area, the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, VON Day Care Centres, Community Living and Group Homes. We also do presentations to community service groups and youth groups on request. 

How is ECTD funded?

As a non-profit, self-supporting organization, we are responsible for our own fund raising. Our annual calendar sale provides the funds for uniforms, leashes and insurance. 

Do you carry insurance for your visitors?

Our organization's liability insurance covers third party liability only, that is, should one of our clients be injured during our visit, our insurance would cover them. Any injury to the handler or their dog would be covered by the individual's personal liability insurance.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to be part of our program, please email admin@ectd.ca for more information.