National Capital Therapy Dogs

Upcoming events

    • January 20, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Village at Rockville, 1st floor classroom, 9701 Veirs Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
    Register

    Board members are asked to submit their reports by e-mail on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

    When registering please indicate if you will be attending in person or calling in.

    Call in information will be distributed prior to the meeting.

    • March 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • GBMC Hospital, Civiletti Conference Center, 6701 N. Charles St., Towson, MD 21204
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    This one day intensive training class for prospective therapy animal handlers is taught by NCTD instructors. The class features lecture and PowerPoint presentations, class discussion, role play, demonstration, and videos. It will cover topics such as therapy animal team registration requirements, different health care settings and populations, visiting tips and techniques, and managing stress and difficult situations.

    NCTD sponsors the Handler's Class in the Baltimore-Washington area approximately four times each year. Early registration is appreciated.

    The fee for this course includes a resource guide which will be distributed at the class.

    Additional Notes:

    • A copy of your dog's current rabies certificate and AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification is required
    • Sorry, no pets allowed at this class
    • Dress comfortably
    • Light refreshments and/or lunch will be provided, depending on class times
    • A minimum of 10 people are required to offer this training. Class size is limited to 15 people.
    • Registrations are accepted up to one week before class is held
    • Monies must be received prior to attending class
    • The training facilities are accessible for those with disabilities. If you have any special needs, please advise NCTD ahead of time.
    • Financial assistance may be available; individuals requesting assistance should write a letter to the NCTD Board for review. Forward letters with your training/screening application.
    • All fees are non-refundable
    • March 31, 2018
    • May 05, 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GBMC Hospital, Civiletti Conference Center, 6701 N. Charles St., Towson, MD 21204
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    This class is for potential volunteers and their pets who would like to prepare for therapy work.

    Class Goals:

    • Get to know more about NCTD
    • Meet other NCTD volunteers, and learn from their visiting experiences
    • Become prepared for therapy visits
    • Get your pet exposed to hospital equipment
    • Improve control and communication with your pet
    • Practice team reaction to distractions
    • Practice with successful therapy animals
    • ... and much more!

    Prerequisites:

    • Dog must be at least 9 months old at start of class
    • A copy of a current rabies vaccination must be provided by the first day of class
    • Dogs must currently have reliable basic obedience skills:
      • Sit, Down, Stay on command
      • Walk on loose leash (no pulling handler, or dragging behind)
    • Dogs must have passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test sponsored by the American Kennel Club
    • Dogs may be pre-evaluated on the first day of class. If a dog does not pass the pre-evaluation, course costs will be refunded.

    Attendance Requirement:

    • Teams must attend 5 out of 6 classes to be eligible for evaluation
    • The sixth class is generally a "mall visit" to practice visiting skills in a public setting
    • Please do not sign up for a set of classes if you cannot commit to the schedule
    The 6th class (mall visit) may be a different day, time, and location from the other classes.
    • April 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Village at Rockville, 1st floor classroom, 9701 Veirs Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
    Register

    Board members are asked to submit their reports by e-mail on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

    When registering please indicate if you will be attending in person or calling in.

    Call in information will be distributed prior to the meeting.

    • May 19, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • GBMC Hospital, Civiletti Conference Center, 6701 N. Charles St., Towson, MD 21204
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    This is the evaluation event for new therapy dog teams that have completed both the NCTD Handler's Class and the 6-week Therapy Dog Training Class.

    Information regarding your assigned 20-minute evaluation period, paperwork required, items to bring, etc. will be provided separately.

    • July 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Village at Rockville, 1st floor classroom, 9701 Veirs Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
    Register

    Board members are asked to submit their reports by e-mail on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

    When registering please indicate if you will be attending in person or calling in.

    Call in information will be distributed prior to the meeting.

    • October 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Village at Rockville, 1st floor classroom, 9701 Veirs Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
    Register

    Board members are asked to submit their reports by e-mail on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

    When registering please indicate if you will be attending in person or calling in.

    Call in information will be distributed prior to the meeting.

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