Therapy Dogs accompany their owners/handlers to volunteer and comfort others in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc. Therapy dogs are not Service Animals and do not have protections under the law for public access. Therapy dogs must be calm and sociable to perform successfully in this career path and are accredited through testing.
At Simply Animal Behavior and Training Center we aim to prepare dogs for the Therapy Dogs International testing criteria which can be found by clicking HERE.
Before beginning a Therapy Dog training program, it is important to determine if your dog has an appropriate temperament not only for success in this line of work, but to ensure that they will enjoy their career. If you are unsure, begin with an evaluation to determine if this is the best training choice for you and your dog.
We offer a number of services to help you reach your Therapy Dog goals, however a common progression through our services looks like this:
Evaluation (New Clients)
Puppy - Adult Class (Age Dependent) and/or Private Training Sessions
Advanced Manners and Obedience Class and/or Private Training Sessions
Open Training and/or Private Training Sessions
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluation
Therapy Dog Examination