Steps to Train a Therapy Dog
I have many requests from folks who are interested in having their dog work as a Therapy Dog.
First lets describe the difference between a “Service Dog” and a “Therapy Dog”. A Service Dog is a dog that has been trained to assist a person with a variety of tasks such as turning on lights or other tasks that a person with disabilites cannot do for themselves. Or the dog may alert someone that they are about to have a seizure or a diabetic episode. PTSD dogs help folks cope with flashbacks, or anxiety from some type of trauma(sometimes war related). These dogs are allowed by law in any public area or facility.
Therapy Dogs are dogs that have been trained to visit nursing homes, retirement homes, hospitals, hospice facilities, metal health facilities, courtrooms, and more.
Therapy Dogs provide comfort and entertainment for all types of individuals.
Therapy dogs are not allowed in places that do not allow dogs…unless invited by the facility. They are NOT allowed by law to go just anywhere.
We offer a Therapy Dog course that will get you up and running with your dog to get involved with this rewarding “career” with your dog.
It is a six month course and during that time you will be able to go with our Therapy Dog group and visit several facilities. Your dog will also then be certified with his CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title and his/her CGCA title through the AKC. You will take a basic class and then two 8 week advanced classes…a total of 22 weeks of classes.
I have VERY limited space in this course so you must call to see if there is space and get signed up! 918-504-1764….