Healing Paws® Inc. 

"a special kind of listening"


 Christi Dudzik, Healing Paws president, with registered therapy dog, Paddy (yellow Lab), retired therapy dog, Ruby (Papillon on lap), and Cozy (Papillon being held), who continues to have no desire to be a therapy dog.  (Photo credit: Ranger Rob Photography)

Christi Dudzik, Healing Paws president, with registered therapy dog, Paddy (yellow Lab), retired therapy dog, Ruby (Papillon on lap), and Cozy (Papillon being held), who continues to have no desire to be a therapy dog.

(Photo credit: Ranger Rob Photography)

Christi Dudzik brings 25+ years of experience to teaching therapy team (handler-animal) classes, developing and supporting health care therapy team programs, working with individuals experiencing dog fear, and public speaking. 

Therapy team classes are for volunteers wishing to visit in medical, educational, and other settings, and for health care professionals wishing to incorporate their animals into their work.

Christi develops and supports therapy team programs in medical facilities. These carefully customized visiting therapy team programs include best practices, infection control, risk management, and therapy team and staff education.

When working with individuals experiencing dog fear, the focus is on decreasing anxiety and increasing the overall feeling of safety when in the presence of dogs.

Christi enjoys speaking at the local and national level on therapy animal welfare, the integration of therapy handler-animal teams in a variety of settings, and the many benefits of Animal-Assisted Interactions.
She also enjoys working with international groups interested in learning about and observing best practices of therapy work. 

Training DVD

Video trailer of the DVD, "Developing & Nurturing the Therapy Team Relationship". It gives a sample of the information covered in each chapter. For more information and to purchase a copy, CLICK HERE


Relationship Development/ Therapy Animal Skills Class

This class series is for those interested in volunteering with their pets in their communities, for professionals wanting to work with their animals in their work, and for individuals wanting to better understand their animals and strengthen their relationship.

Class Schedules

Winter Session 2019

Thursday, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  
January 24, 31
February 7, 21, 28
March 7
During this session, there will be no class February 14

Registration OPEN


Day 1: "Focus for Therapy Team Visits - Increased Awareness"  Handlers, only.

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Day 2: "Intentional Visiting - Practice Visiting Scenarios" Handler and Animal.

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10 A.M. - noon

Registration OPEN

 CLASSES - Volunteers and Professionals

Classes focus on training volunteers and professionals to become therapy teams with their animals, and to strengthen the overall relationship. These classes provide you, the handler, the opportunity to become a proactive and supportive teammate so that you and your animal are successful, both in your lives together, and in therapy work.  

WORKSHOPS - Professionals

Workshops are offered for professionals wishing to incorporate their registered therapy animal into their practice. The specifics of intentionally working with (not "using") the therapy animal, in client or patient sessions, is the focus of these workshops. The handler learns to shift their mindset from simply “taking my pet to work for people to pat and feel better” to your pet becoming your “4-legged associate” when you are working together.


Services are provided to health care facilities and/or to individuals. These Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) services are conducted by master-level, licensed health care, mental health, or social work professionals within the boundaries of their professional degrees.  The professional works with their registered therapy animal, focusing on the client or patient’s specific needs.   


Healing Paws Inc. assists facilities in developing and maintaining therapy animal programs, customized to meet their needs. We also consult with established facility programs to maintain program integrity. 


Healing Paws works in private practice with individuals who have developed cynophobia (fear of dogs). We work with all ages, children to adults, to assist in overcoming their fear of dogs. We employ a systematic approach, customized to the needs of the individual.


At local and national health care and education conferences, Healing Paws educates participants on therapy team relationship development, therapy animal welfare, the importance of therapy team training, and the benefits of Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI). Healing Paws also works with international students interested in therapy team best practices for visiting and ways to incorporate therapy animals when working with others.