CGH Dog Therapy Program

Love on a Leash - CGH Dog Therapy Program

Tails are wagging at CGH Medical Center. Specially trained canines are regular visitors at the hospital as part of the new Love on a Leash animal-assisted therapy program.

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Basic Qualifying Requirements:

  • Handlers must be at least 18 years or older

Can your dog consistently perform the following with one command?

  • SIT on command
  • DOWN on command
  • STAY and RECALL on command
  • Walk loosely on a leash without pulling
  • Get along well with other dogs
  • Able to perform commands without treats




Participants in CGH’s “Love On A Leash” pet therapy program.  The program is funded by the CGH Health Foundation.   Photo (l-r) Karen Palmer and Deuce, Danielle Rossi and Tex, and Wendy Johnson and Cally.

In addition, can you answer "YES" to the following questions?

  • Does your dog like people?
  • Is your dog not overly vocal?
  • Does your dog have no food or possession issues?
  • Does your dog not have separation anxiety issues?
  • Is your dog at least 1 year of age?
  • Is your dog current on all vaccinations?
  • Is your dog free of all skin problems?

If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, your dog may qualify as a therapy dog for our program.

Please download the "CGH Dog Therapy Program" application HERE and return as soon as possible to:

CGH Medical Center

ATTN: Deb Keaschall

Love on a Leash Coordinator

100 E. LeFevre Road

Sterling, IL 61081


Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to have many benefits, including decreased pain medication use and increased socialization and communication.

For more information, please fill out the form above and someone will contact you. If you have any immediate questions, please call Deb at (815) 625-0400, ext. 5727.

Our Dog Therapy Program is directed by:

Susan Jakobs, Certified Dog Trainer




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