Therapy Dawg Prep

Train your dog for therapy dog certification!


dog socializing to crutches in therapy dog prep classTherapy dogs are dogs who provide emotional benefits for the public, primarily at schools, libraries, nursing homes and hospitals.  Therapy dogs are specially trained  to help the people they serve in the community in a variety of ways.  A rigorous training regimen as well as special certification are necessary to prepare a dog to become a therapy dog.  Therapy dogs also differ from service dogs because they do actual volunteer work in the community, whereas service dogs help their handlers with specific tasks so that they can live more independent lives.

Do you think YOUR dog would be a good therapy dog?

at All Dawgs, we will help you determine if your dog has the temperament and capacity to  become a therapy dog, and we will provide all the  training and certification he or she will need.  Our three-phase program focuses on  preparing your dog for training, testing and visiting to  ensure that he or she will gain the skills and experience needed to certify when the time comes.

Why choose the All Dawgs Therapy Dawg Prep class?

  • Diane Blackman, the owner of All Dawgs, has been conducting Therapy Dog visits since 2004 and has logged over 400 visits with her dogs.
  • Diane has been a Therapy Dog evaluator since 2005
  • All Dawgs has evaluated and certified over 1,000 Therapy Dogs in the Capital Region
  • Plenty of individual instruction from your All Dawgs trainer, with a maximum of 10 dogs in each class.

Class Covers:

  • All the skills your dog needs to pass the love on a Leash and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification tests(please click the link to read about what the  Canine Good Citizen certification covers and watch some helpful videos.)
  • Proper visiting etiquette for hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and other places where therapy dogs are needed.
  • Plenty of individual instruction from your trainer, with a maximum of 10 dogs in each class

Class Info:

  • Who: Dogs who have completed All Dawgs’ Master Dawgs class or have demonstrated proficiency in our Advanced Class Assessment or already has their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification (paperwork of certification is required)
  • Where: All Dawgs, 30 Railroad Ave, Albany, NY
  • When: Next classes starts
    • Wednesday,  November 3rd at 8:15 PM

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