Therapy Dog Training

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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:

  1. Evaluation (New Clients)

  2. Puppy - Adult Class (Age Dependent) and/or Private Training Sessions

  3. Advanced Manners and Obedience Class and/or Private Training Sessions

  4. Open Training and/or Private Training Sessions

  5. AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluation

  6. Therapy Dog Examination


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Sara Richter, CPDT-KA

Sara Richter, CPDT-KA Founder of Simply Animal Training LLC, began her professional training career in 2008 after 11 years as a student in the equestrian world. Sara began as an assistant horse trainer and horseback riding instructor for JGarvey Horsemanship. During the following 4 years she learned the ins and outs of positive reinforcement training, behaviorism, and operant conditioning. In 2013 Sara formed an equine training business known as Equestrianism. In 2014 Sara became a leader with the Local 4H where she taught children to use clicker training with numerous other animals including pigs, sheep, chickens, and even small animals. In 2014 Sara Joined forces with Root Dog Training LLC as a dog trainer, where she learned to translate her knowledge of learning theory and behaviorism, to the unique behaviors of canines. Sara is proud to continue offering Animal-friendly Force-Free services to pets and owners of all kinds. Sara is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed from the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers, and a Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Sara is constantly advancing her education in animal training and behavior through continuing education, certification, and college courses.