A note on service and emotional support dogs
Animal Humane Society does not offer service dog or emotional support animal training or resources.
Service dogs are uniquely trained dogs that help humans living with disabilities with specific tasks. For more information on service dogs, please contact Can-do Canines, Helping Paws, or Assistance Dogs International.
Emotional support dogs provide emotional or therapeutic support but do not qualify as service dogs. Please speak with your healthcare provider to learn more about emotional support animals.
What is a therapy dog?
Dogs who work with a handler to provide affection and comfort to members of the public are called therapy dogs. Examples include helping children to read at libraries or schools, visiting hospital patients, and visiting nursing home residents. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs have no special rights and must obtain permission to enter public places.
Therapy Dog Prep class
Our Therapy Dog Prep 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.
Prerequisite: Canine Good Citizen certified within past year and completion of Therapy Dog Preview
Fee: $175 per eight-week course
Date/time: Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Location: Golden Valley shelter (845 Meadow Ln N, Golden Valley, MN 55422)