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A cuddly duo at a Halloween Party !


All of our Canine Therapeutic Programs & Services are strictly volunteer. We provide testing, training, and insurance for our certified therapy dog teams, who are committed to caring for the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Many of our Dogs also become nationally certified R.E.A.D.  & READY to READ ! (Literacy Education Assistance Dogs) assisting in schools, Canines for Christ Outreach teams who work with youth groups and adults, and/or Social Signal Canine Teams that assist therapeutically with special needs children and adults.



Ladies with Leashes requires that the dog and handler be tested AS A TEAM. That is, another person may not handle your dog unless they are certified with it. All dogs are required to be clean, well groomed, up to date on shots and parasite free.
We provide Canine Therapeutic Services to the public in schools, hospitals, nursing and rest homes, as well as other facilities.  We strive to always improve and better the canine therapy handling skills of our wonderful Ladies with Leashes and their canine assistants.  We do this through seminars, advanced training and positive interaction with those we assist. 

How are Ladies with Leashes'  Canine Therapy Assistants certified?

The prospective Canine Therapy Assistant enrolls in a basic Canine Therapy Assistant course. This is followed by successfully completing a temperament test, basic obedience evaluation, a demonstration of the teams skills are observed on practice visits to healthcare facilities, all culminating in qualification upon an evaluation of therapeutic dog assisted skills. Upon this basic certification other canine assistance qualifications may be achieved, Social Signal, Autism Assistance, Literacy Assistance, and participation in the Red Cross supported Canine Crisis Support Team.

Why Certify ?

Each day the role of therapeutic working dogs becomes more demanding. Therefore, the level of training and certification for handlers and these dogs constantly evolve and become more progressive and challenging. Assistance dogs and other dogs utilized for therapy, service work and counseling must maintain, and improve skills, to be more proficient, adept and capable of effectively handling the tasks presented to them in their programs on a daily basis.


Organizations and agencies often establish certifications for one reason; to allow the dog to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the areas in which they choose to be certified. This is often done for liability purposes, a programs guidelines, and, or, individual objectives.

We believe handlers, and program administrators, should strive to certify all teams, and trainers, to the highest level of proficiency in any situation where they utilize their dog. Quality certifications ensure that all programs, and their canine teams, operate at the highest level of proficiency possible to ensure the reliability of the canine team and excellent assistance to the facilities and individuals that they serve. 

Re-certification: Our Program re-certifies its therapy teams on a periodic basis in order to provide consistent and up-to-date care to all our patients.

More Information ?

Therapy dog/Volunteer training, evaluation, and certification
LWL's has developed a program for adult volunteers and their dogs to become a Paws to Care Dog Team, certified to volunteer for animal assisted therapy in our various programs, such as healthcare facilities, community programs for adults and children, and disaster relief. The training consists of 10 highly effective sessions that teach dogs and their handlers the necessary skills and procedures to participate in animal assisted therapy. Adult volunteers are not only taught how to work with their dog, but also how to comfortably and confidently interact with all types of patient populations in a variety of situations. Dogs are trained, through positive reinforcement only, to hone their temperaments and gain the necessary mannerisms and skills to navigate a healthcare environment and become a therapeutic assistant to someone in need. Teams are tested and evaluated throughout the training course and certified upon completion of the course to work as a Paws to Care Dog Team. They are also monitored and assisted as they first enter animal assisted therapy work and re-certified on a yearly basis. Advanced qualifications may be obtained upon this certification with continuing education.

Coordination of Programs and Volunteers
LWL's seeks out, establishes, and maintains relationships with healthcare facilities open to animal assisted therapy. These partner institutions are the facilities our volunteers visit. LWL's coordinates between the healthcare facility staff and the Paws to Care Dog Teamto arrange schedules, patient information, and therapy coordination. LWL's also provides opportunities for volunteers to participate in community programs. These varied opportunities engage children and adults in all states of need throughout the community in both education and service-oriented projects.

LWL's collaborates with researchers, healthcare professionals, and other organizations to promote research studies that document the effects of the human-animal bond on human healing and wellness. While there is much anecdotal evidence supporting the monumental benefits of animal assisted therapy, there is much to be done in the world of scientific research and documentation to help open doors for animal assisted therapy to the healthcare community and beyond.


We develop programs to meet the needs and goals of each facility.

  • We strive to provide educational programming in the following areas:
  • Canine Assisted Literacy Services
  • Canine Assisted Geriatric Services
  • Canine Assisted Autism Services 
  • Canine Assisted Social Signal Services (to assist the developmentally disabled )
  • Canine Temperament evaluations
  • Canine Assisted Therapy
  • Canine Assisted Crisis Support Teams

We've grown! Huge Thanks for all your support! Please visit "our sister" site at www.CANINETHERAPYPROGRAMS.COM

Beautiful Ladies with Leashes at a Halloween Party

The Leash ?

 (or do you think your dog has what it takes to become a therapy dog ?)                                                                           

  • It's important to determine if your dog has the temperament and obedience skills necessary to become a successful therapy dog.
  • Not all dogs are “talented” in doing therapy work.
  •  Dogs must be well mannered around noise, other dogs, wheelchairs and other equipment, food, odd odors, all kinds of people and working in all types of environments.
Recognize what you are most comfortable with in order to assist where you may be most helpful.
This is where Ladies with Leashes & Men with Mutts truly does the most good!

A fun gathering of dogs and there partners.

LIL' BO PEEP, a young lady with a leash !

Interested in learning more ?
  • LWL'S offers numerous Canine Assisted Activity certifications for both canines and there human partners.
  •  A recognized Temperament test is a prerequisite to all LWL's canine assisted certifications.
  • All regulations in each facility must be complied with and we expect all visitation to be conducted professionally and considerately.
  •  Confidentiality of information is required by all therapy team members in regards to those we visit. 
  •   Team insurance coverage extends only to “scheduled club activities and events.”  In otherwords, “participation in nursing homes, hospitals and similar institutions with the therapeutic use of dogs.” 


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