THERAPY DOG PREP COURSE

Therapy Dog Prep Course

This class is to prepare dogs and handlers to take and successfully pass the Therapy Dog International certification.  This class is done in tandem with the AKC Canine Good Citizen Class and will prepare you to pass both the Canine Good Citizen test and the Therapy Dog Evaluation.

The AKC Therapy Dog™ program awards official AKC titles to dogs who have worked to improve the lives of the people they have visited.
AKC Therapy Dog titles can be earned by dogs who have been certified by AKC recognized therapy dog organizations and have performed the required number of visits. 

What is a Therapy Dog

Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a senior in assisted living, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.

Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Service dogs are dogs who are specially trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has a disability. An example of a service dog is a dog who guides an owner who is blind, or a dog who assists someone who has a physical disability. Service dogs stay with their person and have special access privileges in public places such as on planes, restaurants, etc. Therapy dogs, the dogs who will be earning the AKC Therapy Dog™ title, do not have the same special access as service dogs.

It is unethical to attempt to pass off a therapy dog as a service dog for purposes such as flying on a plane or being admitted to a restaurant.

Requirements

To belong to Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator. A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.). 

To be successful your dog should be able to do basic skills: heeling on leash, sit, down, and the desire to improve these skills. All tests must be performed on a 6ft leash. Dogs should wear a flat buckle or snap-in collar (non corrective) or a harness (non­ corrective). Body harnesses should not restrict the movement of the dog. Special training equipment such as pinch collars and head collars are not permitted. The leash should be made of either leather or fabric. Retractable leashes may not be used in class or during the test.

All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC's Therapy Dog Program (TD) Program. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines. Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.


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Tuition rates are based on days and times of classes.  Click on the instructor's available dates.  If you do not see a date that works with your schedule, contact Instructor Rhonda, as she may be able to work around your schedule.
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