Oh, the weather outside is MUDDY.  Come inside for a little canine companionship and training to get ready for summer days.
Service Dog or Therapy Dog:
What's the Difference?
     As a tester-observer for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and a dog trainer, I frequently meet people who are unaware of the differences between a therapy dog, a service or assistance dog, and an emotional support dog.
     There are very definite, legal differences between the 3 and I am hoping that this article will help clear up some confusion and will help everyone share the differences!
     THERAPY DOGS are dogs that are well trained, self-confident dogs whose job is to go with their owner to visit others to help make the other people have a pleasanter, more fulfilling life. Therapy Dogs work with an owner/handler and many different clients. They may go to nursing homes, hospitals, schools, etc. at the invitation of the facility they are visiting BUT they do NOT have any right to go there unless invited. They DO NOT have what is called 'public access' and may only go where a regular pet dog is welcome unless they are invited in to visit.
     EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS are dogs that help their person partner deal with difficult life situations. They also should be well trained and self-confident but their job is to assist their owner to deal with the emotional stresses of daily life. Emotional Support Dogs work only with their owner. They may help with verifiable psychological disorders such as anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, panic attacks, etc. It is the dog's physical presence that assists with the disorder, not any specific training. Emotional Support Dogs have only limited public access rights that deal with housing and transportation needs for their partner. They DO NOT have any public access rights in places like theaters, restaurants, or stores.
     SERVICE/ASSISTANCE DOGS are dogs that are highly trained to do specific tasks to help a person with a physical disability. Their job is to do tasks that their partner either cannot do or has difficulty doing independently. This type of dog, which works only with their owner, may help a person who is blind/visually impaired, deaf/hearing impaired, physically challenged, subject to seizures, severely allergic, etc. to be more independent. Service/Assistance Dogs DO have full public access and are legally allowed to be in ANY public location as long as they are well-behaved and not causing a disturbance. It is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA) to exclude a Service/Assistance Dog from any public facility.
     Claiming that a pet dog or a therapy dog is either an Emotional Support Dog or a Service/Assistance Dog is illegal and carries sanctions and fines which can vary from state to state.
     PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do your part to ensure the success of these working teams:
  • Never give in to the temptation to masquerade your pet as a working dog
  • Never pet or interact with a working animal without first asking for permission
  • Always help to educate others so that they understand the differences between Therapy, Emotional Support, and Service/Assistance dogs. The Alliance of Therapy Dogs has a very clear explanation of the differences on its webpage.
     Thank you for your help!                                                                        
Portia's Piece

Home Again, Home Again: Where in the World Was Portia?

   Hi everybody!! It was soooo exciting! I was on a trip in something called an "RV" and went all the way to a place called Pensacola, FL! And I got to travel with lots of other dogs (7, I think), a bird, and Karen, my first human mom! I was gone for 3 weeks and traveled through 10 states--but I think Betsy missed me! 
   While I was gone, I had lots of walks (I loved them), had to stay clean and put up with a lot of brushing. It seems Karen thinks I am pretty enough to be in a lot of dog shows to try and make me a champion. (Some people think I already am a champion but this kind of champion means that I look like the perfect Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!) Well, by the time I got home I had a pile of ribbons and 6 points towards the 15 that I need to be able to put 'CH' in front of my name and become CH Dreamvale Diverse Portfolio, RN, CGC, CGC-A, CGC-U, THDN, THD, THDA, TKN.
   Stay tuned for more of my travels--Karen and Betsy tell me that I will be going to some more shows in April!  

                                                  Love, Portia

Class Title Beginning Date/Time # Class Sessions
Introduction to Training Seminar
3/26 (Tue) 7:00 pm 1*
Puppy Class
4/4 (Thur) 7:45 pm 7* 
Introduction to Training Seminar
4/9 (Tue) 7:00 pm
Rally II
4/13 (Sat) 11:30 am
K-9 Sampler
4/13 (Sat) 12:45 am
Outdoor Adventures
4/14 (Sun) 1:00 pm
Advanced Rally
4/14 (Sun) 2:30 pm
Beginners Class
4/15 (Mon) 10:30 am
Advanced Manners
4/15 (Mon) 11:45 am
(4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6)
Introduction to NoseWork
4/15 (Mon) 6:30 pm
Puppy Class
4/15 (Mon) 7:45 pm
NoseWork - Exteriors
4/23 (Tues) 6:30 pm
NoseWork II & Intro to Odor
4/23 (Tues) 7:45 pm
Introduction to Training Seminar
4/27 (Sat) 2:00 pm 
Advanced Manner
5/1 (Wed) 6:00 pm 4 (5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22) 
Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog
5/1 (Wed) 7:00 pm
Puppy Class
5/4 (Sat) 9:00 am
Beginners Class
5/11 (Sat) 10:15 am
Introduction to Training Seminar
5/11 (Sat) 3:00 pm
Introduction to Nose Work
5/13 (Mon) 11:45 am 6
Puppy Class
5/18 (Sat) 12:45 pm 7*
Introduction to Training Seminar
5/23 (Thur) 7:00 pm 1*
Advanced Manners
5/30 (Thur) 7:00 pm 4 (5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20)
Beginners Class
5/30 (Thur) 7:45 pm 7*
Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog 
6/2 (Sun) 2:45 pm 5
Beginners Class
6/3 (Mon) 10:30 am 7*
Introduction to NoseWork
6/3 (Mon) 6:30 pm 6
Rally I
6/3 (Mon) 7:45 pm 6
Agility I
6/4 (Tue) 6:30 pm 6
Agility II
6/4 (Tue) 7:45 pm 6
C.L.A.S.S. - B.A.
6/5 (Wed) 6:30 pm 6
6/5 (Wed) 7:45 pm 4
NoseWork II & Intro to Odor
6/16 (Sun) 1:30 pm 4
NoseWork - Vehicles & Buried
6/22 (Sat) 9:00 am 4


All training classes denoted with an asterisk have a prerequisite of the
Introduction to Training Seminar.  This seminar is designed for trainers only, no dogs are permitted. For additional class information, visit www.redferncanines.com




Beginner Camp          July 15-19, 2019

Advanced Campers   July 29-August 2, 2019


       Get Moving!  We're Starting Earlier This Summer!
Winter's Gone, Finally!  Time to Brush-Up Your Manners

We all suffer a bit from Spring Fever, with an urge to kick up our heels and enjoy the nicer weather. Your dog is no different. After a long winter spent mainly indoors, chances are your dog is raring to go. Spring can be overwhelming after colder temperatures and shorter walks. Now is the perfect time to brush up your dog's manners just in time for warmer weather.

Just like us, practice makes perfect. There's no better place to polish social manners than a new training class. Yes, your dog has the basics down pat. What about teaching Fido to use his nose deliberately in a NoseWork class?  Or try a new skill for both of you--Rally is a team event. Find a class that would be enjoyable for both of you. Training isn't all about obedience. It's about fostering a relationship where you can both thrive. And enjoy each other.

At the very least, spend a little time reviewing learned behaviors with your pup.  Practice those sits, stays and downs.  A little practice and reinforcement goes a long way to ensuring success, and a good time, for both of you.


K-9 Sampler:  A Little Bit of Everything

Unsure what to do next with your dog?  Can't tell if Fido is cut out for Rally work? No worries.  The K-9 Sampler class gives you, and your dog, a taste of many of the classes offered here at Redfern Canines.  Each time we meet, we focus on one type of training class, so you get to try a variety over several weeks.  Here's your chance to try single sessions of  Rally Obedience, NoseWork, Agility, Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog evaluations, and tricks.  To register for our next session on April 13th, click here.  
For more information, contact  betsy@redferncanines.com.
Come to C.L.A.S.S. 
What is it?

Canine Life and Social Skills, is a multi-level educational class to promote lifelong training using positive reinforcement to strengthen the relationship between you and your pup. Simply put, this is the next training step in creating a stronger bond and partnership with your dog. For life.  Interested?  Our next session begins on June 5th. Sign up for C.L.A.S.S. right here.
Need Meeting Space, Done Easy?
We Do That.
  Our Redfern Canine Center is available for party and meeting rentals.  We have a perfect open space for musical chairs and games of tag.  We also have an ADA restroom, lots of tables and chairs, and free parking.  We're conveniently located at 7540 Allentown Boulevard, with easy access to Route 81, and just minutes from Hershey, PA.  Rentals start at $50 for two hours. For more information, contact betsy@redferncanines.com.
And the Award Goes To... 
Our Students!

Congratulations to the Redfern teams that have worked so hard together.  We recognize the work and effort that goes into working together.  Nicely done! 

New STAR Puppies
Chris Annis with Max                       Alycia Anspach with Nero
Maddie & Ty Crocenzi with Waffle  Crystal Dettrey with Cocoa
Shannon Gerhards with Phoebe     Britney & Ryan Gonder with Josie  Lori Goodson wit GiGi                     Karen Hess with Gabbie                   Kimberly Hohenshelt with Khloe    Crystal Hoy with Bleu                       Lori Miller with Molly                        Kate Moore with Bella                       Kaitlyn Parma with Colt                   Barbara Reed with Aggie                  Alyssa  Rowe with Remi                  Michelle Sample with Malachi          Kathy Shuey with Ellie                     Maria Slabonik with Nutmeg             Mark Toothman with Bonnie           Kaitlin Widdowson with Lily
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