Prior to a Hospital Visit
- Ask your nurse if you would qualify for a dog visit.
- You must not have an infection at this time.
- Your roommate must also agree to the visit.
- You and your roommate must not have any allergies to dogs.
- A "consent for participation" form must be completed before the visit.
- Visit Request
- If you meet the criteria, all necessary forms must be completed, and then they will be sent to the Department of Rehabilitation Therapies.
- Once these forms have been processed, a visit will be arranged for you. Please note this may take up to one week.
- Every effort will be made to accommodate your request. However, there may be times when a dog/handler team may not be available.
Day of a Hospital Visit
- The dog's handler* will be present throughout the visit.
- You will need to wash your hands before and after the visit.
- A sheet will be placed on your bed to catch the dog hair.
- Let the handler know what you feel most comfortable with, just petting the dog or having the dog lie next to you.
- The handler cannot take off the leash and cannot leave the dog.
- Feel free to ask the handler any questions about the dog.
- Do not give the dog any food other than the treats supplied by the handler.
- Understand the visit will need to stop at any point when the handler thinks the dog needs a break. Another visit can be arranged at a later date if you wish.
- Please fill out the evaluation form at the end of the visit. Your input is crucial to having a successful certified dog visitation program.
*The handler is the person who has been certified to visit with this dog. In most cases, this will be the dog's owner.