Program Details
June 21 - National 'Take Your Dog to Work Day' Pet Therapy Program

Celebrate National Take Your Dog to Work Day with a special Pet Therapy Program! Residents will have the opportunity to interact with friendly therapy dogs, providing comfort, companionship, and joy. It's a chance to brighten our residents' day and create lasting memories with furry friends.

  • Provide residents with a therapeutic and enjoyable experience through interaction with therapy dogs.
  • Promote emotional well-being and reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation.
  • Create a positive and memorable event that fosters a sense of community among residents and staff.
  1. Preparation:
    • Coordinate with local pet therapy organizations or individual handlers to arrange for therapy dog visits.
    • Schedule the event in a designated area that is comfortable and accessible for both residents and dogs.
    • Communicate with residents and staff about the event details and expectations.
      • Note, if your community uses Welbi and you have Profile or Assessment questions around dogs or animals, pull a list ahead of time of the residents who enjoy animals.
  2. Setup:
    • Prepare the designated area with chairs, blankets, and water bowls for the dogs.
    • Ensure any potential hazards are removed or minimized to create a safe environment.
  3. Introduction:
    • Welcome residents and introduce them to the therapy dogs and their handlers.
    • Provide guidelines for interacting with the dogs, such as gentle petting and respecting the dogs' boundaries.
  4. Interaction:
    • Allow residents to spend time interacting with the therapy dogs, petting them, and engaging in activities like tossing a ball or playing with toys.
    • Encourage residents to share stories about their own pets or past experiences with dogs.
  5. Closure:
    • Thank the therapy dog handlers for their visit and the residents for participating.
    • Collect feedback from residents and staff about the program for future improvements.
Staffing Requirements
  1. Recreation Manager: Overall coordination and supervision.
  2. Trained Pet Therapy Handlers: Individuals experienced in handling therapy dogs and facilitating interactions with residents.
  3. Event Assistants/Volunteers/Recreation Staff: Assist with logistics, ensuring the comfort and safety of residents and dogs.

  1. Chairs and blankets for seating
  2. Water bowls and treats for the therapy dogs
  3. Signage or communication materials about the event
  4. Cleaning supplies for any accidents or messes
  5. Feedback forms or surveys for residents and staff
  • Allergies: Some residents may have allergies to pet dander. Ensure residents are aware of the presence of therapy dogs and provide alternative activities for those who cannot participate.
  • Fear or Anxiety: Some residents may feel uncomfortable or anxious around dogs. Offer reassurance and provide a separate area for residents who prefer not to interact with the dogs.
  • Safety: Ensure the dogs are well-behaved and under the control of their handlers at all times to prevent accidents or incidents.
Expected Outcomes

By organizing a Pet Therapy program with proper planning and consideration, you can create a meaningful and uplifting experience for your residents on National Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Program Type
Level of Care
Assisted Living
Independent Living
Long Term Care
Memory Care
Dimension of Wellness
Pets, Pet therapy, Animals, Dogs