Therapy Dog Training

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Therapy Dog Training:

So you want to volunteer your time and believe your dog is a good fit for therapy work? This is definitely the place to start! Therapy dog training involves an extensive training process to ensure your dog meets our high standards to be allowed to be taken into public schools, hospitals, retirement homes, etc.

 

What do therapy animals / dogs do?

  • Help reduce stress and anxiety of people, patients, students, elderly, etc
  • Visit hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, senior apartment complexes, schools, libraries, airports, and group homes as well as other locations.
  • Therapy dogs provide support in situations such as national disasters
  • Therapy dogs assist with counseling for victims of crime, abuse, maltreatment, etc

 

What qualifies my dog as a therapy dog and what will my dog learn?

Ultimately therapy dogs must be taught to remain calm and poised in different environments. We recommend focusing on one location setting such as hospitals, elderly homes, etc for training so the dog will have a full understanding of that environment and so that we can train and practice there. Each location considered will have different requirements and often have their own test to ensure your dog also meets their specific standards.

Therapy dogs must meet minimum requirements such as, but not limited to:

  1. Canine Good Citizen Certification
  2. Being calm around patients
  3. Remaining calm regardless of the environment (screaming kids, patient that may accidentally pull hair, medical technology noises, etc)
  4. Remain calm when being hugged by kids, adults, elderly, etc
  5. Must have good hygiene and properly maintained at all times
  6. Must be up to date on all shots

 

Cost of Therapy Dog Training / Time Frame / Schedule:

The cost and time involved of training a therapy dog can range depending on what level of education your dog is currently at, how soon you start, and how much time you put in into practicing and training on your own time.

TOTAL COST CAN RANGE ANYWHERE FROM $1,000 – $5,000

 

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