After working for Pfizer, our founder decided that helping patients and staff in hospitals was how she wanted to spend her time. Her love of dogs made animal-assisted therapy a perfect fit. All was on track, she had two amazing certified therapy dogs and she was making a lot of volunteer visits. She was, however, having a lot of problems with the frequent bathing required by the hospital (Joint Commission requirements). A victim of Raynaud’s disease, her hands are incredibly sensitive to temperature and chemicals. Not only were her hands being irritated by shampooing her dogs, but her dogs’ skin was, too.
After joining Gateway HRC and Retrievers Unlimited HRC, I have found myself surrounded by a group of some of the best trainers in the Midwest. We work with dogs in show conformation, obedience training and field training.