Therapy Dog Prep
Does your dog provide comfort?
Are you willing to do additional Vet tests yearly?
Are you a home owner?
My dog has never bitten, EVER!
My dog likes to be petted
My dog is obedient
My dog is dependable
I am prepared to groom my dog so we can visit people
If you have anwered, “Yes” or “True” to all the above questions with the exception of home owner. (not a deal breaker but should get a “rider” against liability of your renter’s insurance”, You and your dog are a TEAM who should take this class!
The primary objective of a therapy dog team is to provide comfort and companionship by sharing the dog with the patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities and wherever else the Therapy Dog is needed. Visits are designed to increase emotional well-being, promote healing, and enrich the quality of life for the people being visited and the staff that cares for these people.
A Therapy Dog must have an outstanding temperament. This means that the dog should be outgoing and friendly to all people; men, women, and children. The dog should be tolerant of other dogs (of both genders) and non-aggressive toward other pets.
A Therapy Dog is a dog who has the natural gift to comfort. The first three weeks will be demonstrating the obedience skills needed to pass the test. Last three weeks will be at a nearby assisted living, visiting with dog lovers. All teams will be offered the opportunity to test at For The Love of Dogs on the 7th week night. TDI (Therapy dog international) test costs an additional $10.00, and is included in the price of the class.
Length: 7 weeks: 6 weeks of classes, 7 week is test. 1 hour per week. Plan on 1-1/2 hours for the testing week.
Class Size: Maximum 6 dogs
Cost: $135.00, includes the cost of the TDI test.
Prerequisites: Manners Level 2 or permission of instructor