The Institute for Canine Therapeutic Programs is an organization providing a wide variety of canine assisted therapy programs to the community. The beginning of The Institute for Canine Therapeutic Programs was the result of its founder having personally benefited from a strong personal and professional relationship with her canine partner and the strength and value of the human-animal bond. As time went on more individuals that shared special relationships with their pets became actively involved and a common vision of serving those in need was created. A vision of programs that would promote and enable canine therapy activities, help facilities set up and support their own canine assisted therapy programs, and connect volunteers with facilities. In achieving our objectives we developed effective testing, training, and certification programs for therapy dog teams, creating and sponsoring programs focusing on canine therapeutic assistance for autism, downs syndrome, learning disabilities, developmentally disabled and special needs individuals; and very importantly, collaborating with researchers, health care professionals, and other organizations to promote research studies that document the effects of the human-animal bond on human healing and wellness.
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