Golden Retriever Charlie: Therapy Dog to be

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St. John Ambulance recruits therapy dogs
By ALAN LICZYK, Caledon Citizen Staff Reporter

Debbie Corbett of Caledon, takes her one year old golden retriever Charlie through the evaluation exercise during the recruitment for St. John Ambulance therapy dogs held at Caledon Hills Pet Spa in Bolton.

Currently, the St. John Ambulance Brampton Branch is running 40 dogs in its program, but it continually looks for new recruits, explained Charlene Bartlett, therapy dog coordinator with St. John Ambulance.

Bartlett is also the owner of Caledon Hills Pet Spa in Bolton which hosted the latest recruitment for St. John Ambulance therapy dogs.

She said she usually runs about four to six evaluations a year. At her most recent recruitment she had 14 dogs come in. They don’t take aggressive dogs or any banned dogs like pit bulls. Submissive dogs will be asked to come back for a re-evaluation. Dogs must be at least one year of age. Flat leashes and flat collars are also a must. “The biggest thing is to have fun with your dog,” Bartlett said.

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