Trained Facility Therapy Dogs
We now offer the service of providing trained therapy dogs for facilities. These dogs would live with someone that works at the facility and go with them daily to work as a therapy dog for the facility.
Having an on-site therapy dog is great for schools, doctor's offices, psychologists, psychiatrists, hospitals, nursing homes, family therapists, and anywhere people may need comfort and the love of a dog.
Presently we run a 6 week course to see how your dog acclimates to different situations, people, sounds, scent, etc. One hour per week, one day per week. New lessons added weekly and old one's reviewed. We do not dock you for missing a class. Just add it on to the back. At the end of this course your dog should be a certified and insured therapy dog.
This can be done a couple of different ways.
1) We can find a dog that we feel would make a great therapy dog, you adopt it from us and take it through the classes to learn how to teach it obedience, manners and what it needs to be a therapy dog.
2) We can find a dog that we feel would make a great therapy dog to meet your facility's needs, we train the dog obedience, manners and public work. You would then come to some classes to learn to work the dog and use the commands. Then you can become certified and ready to work in your facility with the dog. Therapy dogs are trained through our prison programs under the supervision of our professional trainers.
3) You can have us temperament test your personal dog (in a group class) to see how fast it acclimates to new surroundings, people, dogs, kids, sounds and scents. A therapy dog should not be shy, fearful or timid and should want to be loved on and touched by strangers. Testing fee is $30.00 for one hour in a group therapy dog class.
Our class course requires the following:
Clicker and knowledge of why marking and rewarding correct behavior is the best
Blankie for the, "Go Place" training
Body Harness that has the leash clipped to the chest area
Stress Chew toy
Poop bags to pick up after your dog
Treat bag (Optional - this is for you)
We do not use shock collars, prong, pinch, choke chains, e-collars or retractable leashes in our training programs. If you are caught using these while under our certification and insurance, your certifications will be pulled immediately.
*You must have your dog re-evaluated each year with us to renew insurance coverage with us. If this is not a possibility, please discuss insurance coverage after your first year with your facility and inform us of your plans.