The next six-week Prep School class starts on January 22, 2019. It’s from 7:00-8:30pm on Tuesday evenings—read all about the class and register online here.
If you’re curious about what it takes for you and your dog to become a certified therapy dog team, then our Therapy Dog Prep School is a great way to test yourselves without making a long term commitment. Our six-week school is offered four times a year.
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.