So you want to get a dog….or you have a dog…and you want to explore using a dog to enhance the quality of life for your family or those around you?  This workshop is for you!

What are the differences between service dog, therapy dog, companion animal, emotional support animal or family pet?

What information do you need to understand as you pick out a dog?

What are the qualifications for each of the labeling categories for dogs?

How do you get started to train a dog?

What would be the best way for my family to get started?

Answers to these questions plus many more!

Join us Sunday, July 15th, from 1:30 to 3:30pm at Autism Oklahoma (806 Dean McGee) for a two hour workshop in partnership with Executive Directors Barbara Lewis (A New Leash on Life) and Melinda Lauffenburger (AutismOklahoma) as Barbara, Melinda, and some other dog owners and dog experts share answers to these very timely questions.

All attendees need to be pre-registered if possible so that we can make sure we have plenty of chairs and can accommodate attendance.

This workshop is targeted to families with a member with any type of disability that might benefit from quality time with a dog, people with disabilities that are interested in dogs, professionals or service providers that want to use dogs in their programming OR that are currently promoting the use of dogs or other companion animals to people they serve.  We feel it is important to understand all the issues as this population makes important decisions about bringing dogs into these vulnerable situations, so that all involved can have a successful experience….the dog included!

This Fuzzy Workshop is partially funded by a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation,  who states “Our vision is to make Oklahoma the safest and most humane place to be an animal by 2032”.   If you have a question about this workshop, please email

To pre-register, please complete this registration form: