All about the Therapy Dog Prep School Program
Our Therapy Dog Prep School is a 6-week course and includes activities which will prepare both you and your dog for involvement as a therapy dog team. This class is not designed to certify teams but rather to give both handler and dog the tools to become an effective therapy team and to be better prepared for tests conducted by the various programs. We spend time in each class in helping you identify the best therapy program for your needs and interest then guide you in the process.
- Instruction and practice with successful therapy dog commands and behaviors
- Discussion and practice of techniques for effective interaction between therapy dog and patients
- Discussion and practice in developing better observation skills to identify signs of stress in dogs
- Assistance in helping students identify the most appropriate therapy dog programs
- Role playing opportunities with a variety of typical therapy dog settings
- A field trip to an Assisted Living Facility during the 5th class to practice tools taught in the course
- Two classes are video taped and students are given an opportunity to study videos at home for discussion in class
- Various teaching videos are provided to students to supplement class exercises
DETAILS ABOUT OUR PREP SCHOOL
DAYS AND TIMES: Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for 6 consecutive weekly meetings.
LOCATION: Our Training Center in the Miramar area between I-805 and I-15, one mile north of Miramar Rd.
CLASS SIZE: Class size is limited so early registration is recommended. We are unable to add someone to a roster or wait list until after receipt of registration and deposit. All registrations are based on a first come-first-serve basis.
FEE PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Pre-registration is required with a $50 deposit and balance to be paid one month prior to the first class.
DOG AGE LIMIT: Dogs must be at least 18 months of age at start of class. We have found in the past that the less mature dogs aren’t able to settle well during lectures.
BASIC OBEDIENCE PREREQUISITE: All canine students are required to have had a minimum of one previous dog training class such as Basic Obedience or Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training. Certificate showing that the dog has passed the CGC test is also acceptable. Puppy socialization does not count towards this requirement.
DOG RECORDS REQUIRED: Students will be required to submit records of current vaccinations, including rabies.
INSTRUCTORS: All fees will be used to subsidize the mission of Paws’itive Teams. Instructors are experienced therapy dog handlers and volunteer their time with Paws’itive Teams to teach this class.
AUDITING A CLASS: Some students prefer to attend the class without a dog as there are a lot of benefits to observing other students without having to handle a dog.
|Full Fee (one dog per handler)||$180|
|Audit Course (without a dog)||$80|
After receiving your Registration Form, we will send Prep School Payment Instructions. You will not be listed in a roster or on a wait list until both the registration and deposit have been received.
WAIT LIST POLICY: One of the first questions on the registration form is whether you would like to be on the wait list for an earlier class. If you reply affirmative, we will note that in our files and contact you if we get an opening. We confirm students for each class one month before the start date. This enables us to know if we have an opening and to give us time to contact those on the wait list. Remember, we cannot place you on a wait list until we have received both the registration form and deposit. Space in class is reserved on first-come-first-served basis, based on receipt of deposit.
CERTIFICATION: Completion of this class will not include certification as a therapy dog. This is a Prep Class designed to get you ready for certification and to give you additional information about the various programs in the San Diego area that do certify for therapy dog volunteering.
|April 16, 2019||Open|
|July 9, 2019||Open|
|October 1, 2019||Open|
PREP SCHOOL Registration: To register for a class, click appropriate form below and complete the registration form. Upon receipt of this form, we will send instructions for paying the deposit.
Registration form for student with dog: Prep School Registration
Audit only registration form (student attending without a dog): Therapy Dog Registration without Dog