Therapy dog clinic, pre-test set in Beaufort for Nov. 7

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Would you like to see if your dog has what it takes to be a therapy dog? The Beaufort Chapter of Therapy Dogs International will host a therapy dog pre-test clinic at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, at the Beaufort County Disabilities and Special Needs Center, 100 Clear Water Way in Beaufort.

There is no charge for the clinic. You do not have to enter the test to attend the clinic, and there is no minimum age to attend the clinic. Plan to be at the clinic for at least two hours. Dogs must wear a flat buckle collar with a 6-foot leash, and you must bring your dog’s shot record to the clinic.

Before the clinic or the test, go to www.tdi-dog.org, to read the test requirements. To register for the clinic, please contact Merle Hoagland at 842-522-2073 or merle13@embarqmail.com.

The chapter will host a TDI test, the test to certify your dog as a therapy dog, from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, at BayView Manor, 11 S. Todd Dr. in Beaufort. Space in the test is limited, and dogs must be over one year old to take the test. Therapy dog-and-handler teams visit hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes to bring emotional support to residents. They also participate in the “Tail-Waggin’ Tutors” program, helping children with their reading skills, at local elementary schools and the YMCA.