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Ask the Trainer: How Can My Dog Become Trained & Certified as a Therapy Dog?

therapydogDear Kevin,
I’ve an English Retriever Poodle named Raven, who’s just below 2 years of age. She is so laid again and comfortable and I wish to see what it might take to make her a treatment canine. We are in Michigan and I’m having issues discovering details about it. Really pondering extra in the nursing house and assisted residing more or less settings.

Thank you!
Brenda R.


Hi Brenda,

That is superior that you’re making an allowance for treatment canine paintings with Raven. To my wisdom there are two choices for the place to get a canine qualified. The choices are Pet Partners (www.petpartners.org) and Therapy Dog International (www.tdi-dog.org). I might analysis either one of the ones to peer which is able to paintings higher for you. From what I’ve heard, Pet Partners appears to be extra for health center visits and TDI is extra for nursing houses and assisted residing.

The necessities of the check do take some working towards. Your canine wishes so as to go any other canine with out appearing a lot hobby. Another a part of the check which is more or less tricky is your canine has to go one thing tasty on the flooring with out going after it.

I like to recommend without a doubt entering some fundamental/ complex obedience to get Raven ready for the check. (Maybe you have already got.) But the extra apply the higher. A large number of coaching amenities be offering some type of Canine Good Citizen/ Therapy canine elegance. They would possibly not have the ability to certify you, however they are able to no less than get your canine the apply it wishes. Another possibility may well be personal coaching. I be offering this carrier. I love doing this as it offers the particular person/canine the particular person consideration this is wanted for a few of the tricky portions.

For someone else this is studying this and is thinking about getting their canine qualified I without a doubt counsel getting began quicker than later. Just about any canine has the attainable to do that; it will probably simply take a lot of coaching and socialization. A just right factor to do is apply going into puppy shops, or different “high traffic” spaces the place puppy fans are. Use those puts on your benefit. If any individual needs to puppy your canine, apply having your canine sit down to get the petting it’s searching for. Don’t put out of your mind to make use of loads of sure reinforcement. This will can help you yield the fastest effects.

Thank you for the query!

Kevin Duggan CPDT-KA

Kevin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer thru the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT.org)  and is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator thru the American Kennel Club. He recently is living in Ohio along with his canine, V, a six-year-old Shepherd/Lab combine, the place he operates All Dogs Go To Kevin, LLC, that specialize in serving to construct sure relationships between people and their dog partners the use of transparent communique, no longer ache and concern. For extra coaching pointers and methods, and to fulfill his wonderful canine, V,  observe him on Facebook through clicking right here.

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