Paws’itive Teams has been teaching a Therapy Dog Prep School since 1997 and has graduated more than 700 students. This is truly a “prep” school as our primary goal is to educate our students about the world of volunteering in the community with their pet dog. We do not certify after attendance but spend a great deal of time during the 6-week classes helping guide our students towards finding the most appropriate therapy dog organization with which to certify and volunteer.
Our 6-week class structure includes learning appropriate greetings with strangers, recognizing signs of stress in the dog to maximize the positive benefits of interacting with strangers in strange environment, teaching skills such as “leave it” to keep the dogs safe and preventing the dog from picking up pills on the floor, role playing with typical therapy settings and even an outing to a rehabilitation facility. And of course our graduation includes a “diploma” and photo with a cap and gown.
Our Therapy Dogs in Training
We offer our six-week class four times a year, and registration starts through with our online registration form.