There is nothing like the feeling you experience when you see your dog bring joy, love and happiness to a child or adult in need. Dogs have that beautiful, wonderful ability to communicate without words, to aid in therapy and rehabilitation and to fill a lonely life with love and companionship. Ten years ago, Therapy Dog classes did not exist. Yet, several of our students were already visiting nursing homes and hospitals with their well-mannered canine partners who had successfully completed our Advanced obedience classes. They helped pioneer animal assisted therapy in this area.
Today we offer classes specifically designed for training Therapy Dogs, as do several other organizations. Here's what makes our classes unique: our instructors and registered Therapy Dog handlers LOVE therapy work so much that we take therapy dog training seriously. We know the hospital and nursing home environment and we know how careful and controlled the dogs must be around expensive monitoring equipment and potentially fragile people. We realize that not all patients - or administrators - are comfortable around dogs, so every dog that enters the therapy setting makes a long-lasting impression on every person it meets. This class will also introduce dogs to walkers, wheel chairs and training situations that might be encountered as part of therapy work. Handlers will receive detailed information on the rewarding volunteer opportunities for registered therapy dogs. This class is for dogs who have earned their CGC.
The class covers skills needed to pass the Pet Partners, Therapy Dogs International, and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (Therapy Dogs Inc.) Therapy Dog Tests.
Bring dogs & current training equipment the first week.