I first became involved in therapy work with my own dogs in the mid 1990’s. I volunteered over several years, visiting 3 assisted-living facilities. My therapy dogs also visited my classroom and worked with my students when I was a public school teacher. I have since helped many people train their dogs to do therapy work.
I have degrees in psychology, education and have met rigorous requirements for full membership of Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII) which sets standards for therapy dog training.
Therapy Dog Services
Learn whether your dog would enjoy therapy work and what training skills your dog needs for this type of work. Learn more about Therapy Dog Certifications.
Puppy socialization including exposure to adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers. Learn how to provide optimal socialization as well as how to use positive training and training tools that are permitted by most therapy dog programs.
Training Packages for Dogs
Prepare your dog to work as a therapy dog, train your dog to pass a therapy dog evaluation. Train tricks or refine skills to an already working therapy dog.
Intensive training support for professionals who have a dog that they would like to train to assist them in their work in healthcare, psychotherapy, counseling, social work, rehabilitation or more. The training process and temperament requirements for these types of dogs is much more involved than for typical therapy work and parallels the level of training of a working service dog. I have experience training multiple dogs to this level and evaluating temperament to determine whether the dog is suitable to train for this type of work.
Learn about therapy or service work and get expert advice in selecting a puppy or adult dog to work as a therapy dog or service dog.
This test of basic training and good manners skills is often used as a portion of therapy dog program evaluations.