Therapy Dog Training
We offer our Therapy Dog Training Program as 10 Private Lessons
What is a Therapy Dog?
Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.
From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a senior in assisted living, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improves the lives of other people.
Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Service dogs are dogs who are specially trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has a disability. An example of a service dog is a dog who guides an owner who is blind, or a dog who assists someone who has a physical disability. Service dogs stay with their person and have special access privileges in public places such as on planes, resautrants, etc. Therapy dogs do not have the same special access as service dogs.
It is unethical to attempt to pass off a therapy dog as a service dog for purposes such as flying on a plane or being admitted to a restaurant.
Being a therapy dog evaluator can be very rewarding, but it does require much more work and dedication than your average pet. Currently we offer our Therapy Dog Training Program through 10 Private Lessons or our 3 Week Board and Train Program.
Some places you could visit:
- Nursing Homes
- Children’s Hospitals
- Veterans Hospitals & Clinics
- Schools/Reading Programs
- Disaster Relief Efforts
The trainers at Wag Ur Tail Dog Trainers are evaluators for Therapy Pets Unlimited.
Our Therapy Dog Training program consists of 10 lessons for $1300 and includes the Canine Good Citizens Test.
Reviews from Wag Ur Tail Dog Training alumni speak for themselves:
We did a 6-session private lesson package, and even after one there was a major improvement! The lessons were straightforward and kept simple so that we knew exactly what to practice and keep an eye out for at home and when we worked with [our dog] in public.
Mike has helped me not to be anxious and how to take control of my puppy. He answers emails right away and never tires of my questions . . . In the two lessons we have had so far, my puppy can go up and down stairs, comes when called (still a work in progress), will walk right with me off his leash, and stays when we are outside.
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