6 week course
Therapy Dog Test Prep and Maintenance classes help you and your dog prepare for animal-assisted activity commonly known as pet therapy. These classes are designed to give you the necessary tools and skills required to be able to take your dog into care facilities. Precise obedience performance isn’t required, however the handler must have control of their dog while visiting, including a reliable sit, down and stay. The course is designed with two separate skill sets that must be acquired. The first is completing the obedience and socialization portion of the course. The obedience portion is a 3 week course that will cover the basics needed. For example sit, stay, down, come and heel or walk loose leash. We will also be getting the candidates accustomed to equipment commonly seen in facilities (walkers, crutches and wheelchairs).
The second phase will be a three-week training that involves visits to locations determined by the trainer. You must first pass phase one of the training to progress to phase two. At the end of the six-week session it will be determined if you are ready to take the next step towards your dog becoming a certified therapy dog.