Therapy Dog Prep School
Training & Certification
Our therapy dogs are personal pets, who accompany their owners to a variety of facilities such as skilled nursing homes or hospitals. Many therapy dog visits require very simple skills from the dog. The dog doesn't have to know a lot of commands or perform tricks. A dog that lies quietly on a bed beside a patient can lower that person's blood pressure and reduce the sensation of pain. In some settings, soft warm eyes gazing up at a person are all it takes to work magic. Volunteering with your dog can be a family project too!
Our fun but serious 5-week course includes activities which will prepare both you and your dog for involvement with animal-assisted therapy programs. This class is designed as preparatory to certify your team as a Therapy Dog.
Our goal is to give both handler and dog the tools to become effective therapy teams and to be better prepared for test conducted at the end of the course.
We spend time in each class in helping you identify the best therapy program for your needs then guide you in this process.
Our Classes Include the Following
Discussion of techniques for effective interaction between visiting teams and patients.
Insights into the learning abilities of canines and learn to better understand what your dog is feeling.
Identifying vest for your dog and a certificate award of class completion.
AKC-Canine Good Citizenship test and certificate (when test passed)
Assistance in helping you identify the most appropriate therapy dog program for your interests.
Classes are for 5 consecutive weekly meetings at our training center and are offered on various days.
Class size is limited so early registration is recommended.
Pre-registration is required
Classes will include training for all commands necessary to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test as well as valuable information needed to understand the responsibilities of your Therapy Dog team. You and your dog will learn to work with equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers & crutches. We’ll have some fun too; you & your dog will learn a few tricks to entertain those we visit!
Training Fee (one dog per handler): $200 (Includes class, CGC test) First year Membership fee, vest & shirts are $90, each subsequent year Membership fee is $65 Some teams may qualify for discounts based on evaluation outcome.
If you and your dog would like to join us in this very rewarding project the first step is to complete the on-line application (below) and meet with us for an evaluation of your "team". During the evaluation we will determine if your dog needs additional training and if it is suited for Therapy work. To set up an evaluation, please complete the online application and we will contact you shortly.