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.

At Cathysk9kids, we also offer therapy dog training programs for those looking to give back to their community and provide comfort to those in need. Our therapy dog training in Akron Ohio program is designed to help dogs become well-mannered, obedient, and calm in all environments.

We use positive reinforcement techniques to train your dog to interact with people of all ages and personalities, including children, seniors, and those with disabilities or illnesses. Our expert trainers will teach your dog to be calm, gentle, and attentive, making them the perfect companion for therapy work.

During therapy dog training in Canton Ohio, we focus on developing skills such as obedience, socialization, and impulse control. We also work on desensitizing your dog to various stimuli, such as loud noises or crowded spaces, so they can remain calm and focused during therapy sessions.

We understand that each dog is unique, so we tailor our therapy dog training programs to suit your dog's specific needs and personality. Our trainers will work with you to achieve your therapy dog training goals, whether it's to provide comfort to hospital patients, work with children in schools, or help those in nursing homes.

With our therapy dog training program, you can have confidence that your dog is making a positive impact on the lives of those in your community while providing them with the comfort and joy they need.