The TAILS Therapy Dog Program of Longmont, Colorado
Thank you for your interest in Longmont United Hospital (LUH) therapy dog program. TAILS (Therapy Animals In Loving Service) has been delivering smiles to patients, visitors, and staff since 2002. We currently have more than 35 teams.
Therapy dogs must be calm, obedient, and not easily distracted. They must love meeting many kinds of people. They should know basic commands, walk calmly on a loose lead, and be easily managed by their handlers in varied settings. For our program, dogs must be at least 2 years old; handlers must be at least 18 years old or at least 14 years old and accompanied by a parent.
TAILS handlers are hospital volunteers. All volunteers must attend the hospital’s orientation program, complete a background check, be tested for TB and get a flu shot each year. LUH is a drug-free and tobacco-free workplace.
Not all dogs are suited for this kind of work. Nor are all handlers. Before contacting us, we strongly recommend that you read “Dog Assisted Therapy: Is Your Dog a Good Fit?” Following is a link to that excellent article by Patricia McConnell, PhD:
Does this sound like something you and your dog would be interested in doing? We have a process to qualify therapy dogs and their handlers. For more information, please click the following link. You will be directed to the Longmont United Hospital volunteer website to complete the application form. When you submit the application, a TAILS volunteer will contact you with more information.