Therapy Dog Training

Therapy dogs are usually personal pets who accompany their owners into a variety of facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals. Owners are usually volunteering their time to bring happiness to others. Therapy dogs must have a high level of obedience and manners. The dog must have a great temperament and good social skills.

Do you and your dog have what it takes to be a great Therapy Dog Team?
Here is a basic starter-checklist to see if therapy work is right for you, your dog, and your situation.
For your dog:
*Does your dog like and seek out interactions from others?
*Are they comfortable being touched all over? (Ears, paws, body, tail, ect.)
*Will they respond appropriately to unsettling situations, unfamiliar sights, and sounds such as: fast movements, loud noises, medical equipment, and crowds?
*Will they be comfortable being hugged, pinched, poked, grabbed, being stared in the eyes, and brushed?
Your dog may NOT show any of the following behaviors:
*Growling, barking, or other signs of aggression towards humans
*Growling, barking, or other signs of aggressions towards dogs or other animals
*Shyness, fear, or anxiety
*Lack of house training skills (Potty training)
If your dog passed all of the above requirements, they might have what it takes to be a great Therapy Dog!

For you:
*Do you enjoy talking and interacting with people?
*Do you have full control of your dog?
*Do you have a solid relationship and good communication skills with your dog?
*Do you have lots of patients?
*Will you be able to advocate for the safety and well-being of your dog and yourself?
*Do you have a career that allows you to have a therapy dog assist you in your day to day duties? Examples: School Counselor, Therapist, Doctor, ect.
*Do you hope to volunteer your time at a school, hospital, nursing home, prison, ect?
If you answered YES to all of these questions, you might have what it takes to be a great Therapy Dog Handler!

The next step is to fill out our Contact Form located on the Get Started Page of our website. We can answer all of your questions, help with obedience training, and make sure you’re comfortable and confident from day one on your Therapy dog journey.
We look forward to working with you!