Do you have a dog that is confident and friendly with strangers, enjoys going to new places and meeting new people?
If so, he or she might be a natural Therapy Dog!

What is a Therapy Dog?

Therapy Dogs are different than Service Dogs and Emotional Support Dogs. Each is trained for a specific purpose:

A Service Dog is specially trained to assist a physically disabled person, helping to fulfill tasks that the owner isn’t capable of doing. Service Dogs are allowed in public establishments.

An Emotional Support Dog provides companionship to a single owner, helping to reduce that person’s mental and emotional stress. These dogs may live with their owner even if there is a “no pets” policy, but are not permitted in public establishments, and are not trained to perform physical tasks.

A Therapy Dog is an outgoing, well-behaved dog that donates time and companionship to many different people in organizations including hospitals, schools, libraries, assisted living and nursing homes.

Therapy Dog Training Program.

My dog Chelsea and I were a very active therapy dog team for over 10 years and we both found every visit to be emotionally rewarding. In fact, I enjoyed therapy dog work so much that I’ve created a special Therapy Dog Prep Program to help other dog owners become great volunteer teams.

This training program is specifically designed to help you and your dog become a welcomed Therapy Dog Team at nursing homes, schools, libraries, rehab facilities, hospices, and many other places – where a little extra TLC and a wagging tail can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

I will teach you how to control your dog and keep him stress-free during your visits. Your dog will learn proper manners and basic on-leash commands needed to pass the most respected national organizations’ tests. I’ll also provide you with tips for getting started – including deciding which facilities are best for you and your dog, as well as how to ensure every therapy visit is stress-free for both you and your dog.