How to Teach a Therapy Dog Class

Purpose: This course will provide you with the skills necessary to develop and teach a therapy dog class.

Course Information: Learn the skills necessary to train therapy dogs or working therapy dog teams to work in the area of visitation and/or assisted activities. Learn how to train to pass a Therapy Dog Certification Course; understand what is a Therapy or Visitation Dog; learn the dog skill requirements and how to condition your dog to them; how to identify proper temperaments and aptitudes of dogs; identifying the unsuitable dog; how to be the dog’s advocate; maintaining and troubleshooting the Therapy dog; and communication with facilities. Also, learn the various certifying organizations and where to go to be certified. Mixed or purebreds.

Prerequisites: Dog must be Obedience Trained, people and other dog friendly, well mannered, and 1 year old to be evaluated. Note: Dog does not have to be 1 year old to take this course.

Recommended Text: CULTURE CLASH by Jean Donaldson

REQUIRED Equipment:

There is an additional $130.00 cost for a Positive Techniques Training Kit that is REQUIRED for this course. The proper tools are essential for the proper results. This cost is way below what you would pay retail. The Kit includes the following special training tools:

1-training lead
1-limited slip collar
3-stuffable food toys
1-Ending Problem Behavior Instruction Manual

You will be expected to have the materials by the second session. Click HERE to order and specify the class you are taking, and where you want the materials sent.

What you can expect to learn from this course:

  • All the skills required to pass a Therapy Dog Certification Course
  • Understanding what is a Therapy or Visitation Dog
  • Becoming familiar with equipment, and learning to read canine behavior
  • Learn the skill requirements for your dog and how to condition your dog to them
  • Identifying proper temperaments and aptitudes of dogs and identifying the unsuitable dog
  • Learn to be your dog’s advocate
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting your Therapy dog
  • Communication with facilities
  • Learning how to deal with people
  • Learn where to go to be certified
  • Passing your evaluation

CEU Status:

This course approved for 6 CEU’s from the IAABC.

This course approved for 0 CBCC-KA, 6 CPDT-KA CEU’s from the CPDT.

Instructor: Susan Sharpe

Course Length: 6 one-hour sessions

Course Fee:

Cost: $240.00


Student Information:
Access to this course will expire in 6 months. Therefore, you have 6 months to complete this course from the date of registration.
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You must also read and agree to the E-Training for Dogs, Inc. Standard Terms and Conditions prior to taking a course: Click HERE to read these. You will be asked when you register if you have read them and will not be allowed to take the course if you do not agree to the terms.