THERAPY DOG TRAINING

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DOGS ARE THE BEST KIND OF THERAPY

Therapy dogs are used to bring comfort and joy to those in need of psychological or physiological support. Our therapy dog course provides the necessary training to prepare you and your pup for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test required by DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

 

Our therapy training course will teach your dog to execute the following for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test:

  • Sit/stay for 5 minutes

  • Down/stay for 20 minutes

  • Let's go

  • Come

  • Wait

  • Place

  • Walking on a loose leash

  • Accepting a friendly stranger

  • Supervised separation

  • Sitting politely for petting

  • How to focus during real-life distractions

  • Customized commands to suit your needs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Are therapy dogs, service dogs, and emotional support animals the same?

Service dogs are trained to help people with disabilities, such as visual impairments, mental illnesses, seizure disorders, diabetes, etc.

 

Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort and affection to people in hospice, disaster areas, retirement homes, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and more.

 

Emotional support animals (ESA) provide their owners with therapeutic benefits through companionship.

 

Can my dog be a therapy dog?

It’s important to note that therapy work is not a good match for every dog. Therapy dogs must be obedient, as well as affectionate, and friendly to strangers. Additionally, owners should observe if their dog enjoys therapy sessions before pursuing this work.

 

Do I need to obtain a specific certification for my dog to qualify as a therapy dog?

No, there is no specific certification required for therapy dogs. Most organizations ask that you pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, which we can provide.

 

Our therapy dog plan will begin with our Puppy 101 or Obedience 101 classes. After your dog graduates from the program, they will be eligible to take the CGC test.

 

Can you guarantee that my dog will pass the CGC test?

We cannot guarantee your dog will pass the CGC test. If they pass is dependent on how much time you dedicate to practice what they’ve learned in the training sessions.

 

Can my therapy dog go everywhere with me?

Therapy dogs are able to visit facilities that allow scheduled visits. Unlike service dogs, they are not guaranteed legal access to all public places, and their visits must be approved.