This class will help to prepare students and their dogs to become a certified Therapy Dog team. The class will also address safety precautions for you and your dog, proper visiting techniques, getting around medical equipment, and more. For this class, your dog will need to work reliably and test on a flat buckle collar or non-correcting harness (leash fastens on the dog’s back) with a 6-foot leather or nylon leash.
Dogs will need to be proficient and reliable in all basic obedience commands (heel, sit, down, leave it and stay). We highly recommend that students have taken one or more obedience classes prior to registering for this class.
Dogs must have reached or passed their first birthday on or before the last day of class to be evaluated and tested. A Therapy Dogs International (TDI) certification test will be performed at a different location than the classes and are conducted on a Saturday after the class is completed. Evaluation date will be announced the first night of class.
There is an additional $5.00 test fee. Vaccination records are required and must be presented the first night of class.