If you have a good-natured and patient dog that is great with children and other dogs, your pet might make a great therapy dog. If literacy is important to you, then becoming a volunteer with LEAP will be a rewarding experience. You will have the opportunity to see children smile and grow in their reading competency. You will know that your volunteer efforts are appreciated when children and parents thank you for your help in growing reading enthusiasm. And your dog will eagerly anticipate spending time with the children who provide plenty of positive reinforcement.
Does your dog have what it takes to become part of a LEAP team? If you have a good-natured and patient dog that is great with children and other dogs, your pet might make a great LEAP dog.
Dogs should possess basic obedience skills. Many of our dogs are AKC Canine Good Citizens (a testing program for all dogs, mixed breed and purebreds) and LEAP’s requirements are similar. Review the Good Citizen requirements here, although you are not required to achieve this certification to participate in LEAP. You can work on the behaviors shown on the Good Citizen page in anticipation of participating in LEAP’s three-week training program.
Our training/orientation sessions take place twice a year: in the winter at the Lewes Library and in the fall at Greenwood Library. For information, contact us.
Volunteers will also need to provide proof from their veterinarian that their dog has received specified vaccinations and has had an annual fecal exam. A criminal background check is performed every three years for all volunteers.