Therapy Dog Prep
with Whitney Thurston
Does your dog have an excellent temperament? Do they seem to gravitate toward people who love dogs or who need a pick-me-up? Do they love attention and affection? Then they might be a perfect candidate for therapy dog work! In this class we'll build the skills necessary for you and your dog to become certified as a therapy dog team and visit facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, colleges, etc. In class, you will learn dog handling skills while exposing your dog to a variety of scenarios such as odd objects, medical equipment and unexpected loud noises. We will create scenarios where the therapy dog team discovers how to handle unexpected surprises. Dogs must be at least one year old to join this class and already have attend a group training class (or by instructor permission) with basic manners including sit, down, come, stay, and loose leash walking. Dogs must be comfortable working around other dogs and a variety of people. This class is not appropriate for dogs with fear, anxiety or reactivity issues.
Classes will be taught by Whitney Thurston, CPDT-KA of Salty Dog Obedience.
Mar 7 - Apr 11th, 2019
Thu for 6 weeks from 6:00 - 6:50 pm
Somesville FD Mtg. Room
1157 Main St.
Mt. Desert, ME 04662 Get directions