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This is a 12 week program of PRIVATE and Group Lessons.

Each year millions are touched by the comfort and healing of therapy dogs visits. Studies have shown that spending time with dogs can also offer physical and mental health benefits. 

Some dogs will go to schools to help children improve their reading by practicing the skill in a fun, nonjudgmental environment. They snuggle up with a dog and read a book aloud when they might normally not even opt to read at all. 

A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, or nursing homes. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is its temperament. A good candidate must be friendly, gentle, patient, and well-trained.

All dogs must be up to date with their shots and yearly health certificates.

Dogs will learn and must complete
Pay attention, Sit, Down, Stand, Wait, Stay, Leave it, Come, Etc.
Front, Finish, Heel, Stop, Right Turn, Left Turn, Distance Commands, Etc. 
Distractions, preparation for the C.G.C Test, Longer Distant Commands, Tricks, Etc
Your Test...

Certification agency :
Therapy Pets Unlimited

The American Kennel Club

Positive Paws K-9 Training

The purpose of our program:

  • To provide training skills for both the human and the dog in order to prepare them for visiting people in a situation providing educational, therapeutic, recreational and /or specific therapy. 

  • To design and organize therapeutic programs in facilities where therapy dogs are requested, as well as to provide ongoing support to visiting therapy dogs and their handlers. This includes continuing training to sustain the handler-dog relationship and learning new skills for specific goals within each program.

What is required for my dog and I to become a therapy dog team?

  • First, you will need a dog that is “social”. Our definition of sociability is defined as a dog that, even after their initial friendly greeting of a person, continues to desire more interaction with that person. 

  • Next, you will need to train the dog to respond to you consistently, even in distracting situations. While your dog may sit, stay and come when you call him in your own home, ask yourself if your dog would respond the same way in a distracting environment such as your local pet store or in a busy veterinarian’s office. 

  • The best dog for therapy work is a friendly one, but if you have a dog who is jumping wildly at the end of a leash, most people will not feel comfortable petting or interacting with them. We provide the training you need to become a team that interacts smoothly in public. 

  • The ultimate goal is for you to feel confident walking into a facility as a professional, registered therapy dog team with a controllable, predictable, and reliable dog.

  • You will need to learn the skills needed to handle any scenario you might encounter while on a therapy dog visit.
  • Since your role in a therapy dog visit is much more than just holding the leash and talking to people, this course addresses how to interact with different types of people, facility health and safety protocol, how to set up a visit, preparing for a visit, identifying and decreasing stress in your animal, and much more. 

What can I expect to learn in Therapy Dog Training Classes?

Unlike classic obedience classes, the goal for therapy classes is to teach you how to find the balance between giving your dog too many commands and not enough. While it’s important to have good control of your dog, the idea of therapy dog work is having your dog interact with other people, not just you. 

How do you allow your dog to interact and be touched by people without them getting too excited or overwhelmed? 

In class, you will:

  • * Learn how to tell when your dog is no longer having a good time and what to do. We will create scenarios that allow you to read your dog's stress signals and teach you the skills to react accordingly. You will also learn how to know when your dog has had enough and how to end the visit happily.

  • * Practice multi-tasking by handling your dog through various scenarios, because during a visit, you will need to be aware of what is going on around you as well as what is going on with your dog. Through these teaching scenarios, your confidence and your ability to handle any situation will increase greatly.

  • * Build teamwork skills by exposing your dog to a variety of elements such as loud noises, maneuvering in tight spaces, slippery floors, strange objects and toys, medical equipment, and strange vocalizing and body movements. This creates the strong relationship needed to make a therapy dog team that is a joy.

  • TUITION:  
  •   Is based on each individual Canine 

Since Every Dog is Different, We offer a FREE Assessment that will allow a custom price package to be made just for you and your friend!