A novel class geared toward preparing new therapy dogs and improving the performance and utility of current working therapy animals.
Does your dog enjoy interacting with new people? Does your dog’s presence bring smiles to people’s faces? If yes, then you and your dog should enjoy participating as therapy volunteers.
Prepares handlers and dogs for participation in therapy dog organizations, such as Happy Tails.
Skills Taught: Remaining calm and stationary during petting and grooming, Ignoring dropped food and objects, A “Look” behavior useful for reading with children, Luring and/or commanding into specific positions, Comfort amidst wheelchairs and walkers, Avoiding fast moving objects, Moving to correct left-side and right-side heel position, Walking through a crowd, Performing commands for strangers, “Settle” command to achieve immediate relaxation, Improved reliability and responsiveness to basic and intermediate obedience commands, “Stand” and “Stand-Stay” behaviors, “Visit” behavior where the dog places its head atop a seated person’s lap, Accepting treats gently from the owner and strangers, “Chin” behavior where the dog rests its chin atop a flat hand, “Snuggle” behavior where the dog puts its head atop a seated or reclined person’s shoulder, Proper greeting behavior, “Shake” behavior where the dog offers its paw, “Lap” behavior where the dog places its front paws on a seated persons lap, “Step” behavior where the dog places its feet atop a pedestal.
Teaches numerous specialized skills and behaviors that will enable you and your dog to excel in a therapy environment.
Educates dogs to work reliably, without the use of a training collar.
Discusses human-dog communication skills and handling mechanics specific to therapy work.
$240 for 8 one-hour weekly meetings.
Prerequisites: Beginner Obedience or instructor’s approval. Intermediate Obedience or CGC is recommended. In addition, participating dogs must enjoy interaction and tactile contact with strangers, be non-aggressive and calm amidst dogs, and be completely housebroken in both familiar and unfamiliar environments.
* All CPT Courses require pre-registration. Payments to CPT are non-refundable. CPT closes classes to further registration after 12 dogs enroll.