Life Skills

Passion Four Pawz: How to Train Your Dog to Be a Therapy Dog to Help Others

In this course, learners will be informed how to prepare for therapy dog testing and/or the American Kennel Club "Canine Good Citizen" test.
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50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Class Experience

Students will learn how to train their dogs how to be able to pass a therapy dog test or good canine citizen test.  Students will receive instruction about the difference between therapy dogs, service dogs and emotional support animals.  We will use positive reinforcement to train our pets.  Each class will consist of 2 or 3 skills and students will practice in the class and during the week.  At the end of the class, we will have a practice therapy dog test.  Students will learn the qualifications to become certified as a therapy dog team and learn about therapy dog organizations. 
I have been using my dogs as therapy dogs for 10 years. I am a Certified Dog Trainer, an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and tester observer with Alliance of Therapy Dogs and Independent Therapy Dogs.  In addition, I have trained and certified five therapy dogs of my own. 
Students will practice with their dogs the commands we learn in class at home individually.  The students should practice at least 15 to 20 minutes per day with the dog.  
Dogs should have basic training previous to this course. The dogs should be able to sit, stay, come when called, leave it and loose leash walk.  Dogs must be at least 1 year old to be certified for therapy dogs.  Various therapy dog organizations do accept junior handlers but a guardian or parent must accompany them on their visits. Learners will need their own dog and delicious dog treats to participate in the class.  
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The learners will be assessed informally by observation by the teacher. If dog teams are doing commands incorrectly, the teacher will model and reteach the correct procedures to do commands. In addition, there will be a practice therapy dog test on the last day of the class in which teacher will model skill and learner and dog will practice. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Not all dogs are suitable therapy dogs or have the temperament to pass a CGC test or therapy dog test.  They are unpredictable and may not always perform desired commands.  Space is needed to do training. This class is not a guarantee for your child and dog to pass any therapy dog test of CGC evaluation. Also, an important note is that a therapy dog certification and Canine Good Citizen test has to be done in person and students will have to find an evaluator in their area.
These are for reference only. Alliance of Therapy Dogs website, Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs website, Independent Therapy Dogs website, International Therapy Dogs, Inc. website, CGC (Canine Good Citizen) website.  


Ms. Wendy
Lives in the United States
Credentialed Teacher, Dog Trainer, AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, Alliance of Therapy Dog Tester/Observer, Therapy Dog Handler
46 total reviews
125 completed classes

About Me

I teach great dog training classes such as basic obedience, therapy dog training, trick training, puppy potty training, and puppy training.  I have fun classes such as Puppy Paw Training Camp and Play with Your Dog which learners learn how to... 
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