Dogs who work with a handler to provide affection and comfort to members of the public are called therapy dogs. Common examples of therapy dogs at work include:
- Dogs helping children to read at libraries or schools
- Dogs visiting patients in hospitals
- Dogs visiting nursing homes
Our class covers common animal-assisted therapy scenarios and will set you and your dog up for success in a public setting. We also review obedience skills, work through desensitization exercises, and provide opportunities to shadow active therapy dog teams in the community.
Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs have no special rights and must obtain permission to enter public places. We do not offer service dog or emotional support animal resources of any kind.
Prerequisite: Canine Good Citizen certified within past year and attend a free Therapy Dog Preview to learn more about class content, upcoming class dates, and more.
Fee: $160 per eight-week course
Date/time: Tuesdays, 8 p.m., starting June 13th
Location: Golden Valley shelter
To register for the free Therapy Dog Preview on Wednesday, June 7th, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-788-4616.