National Capital Therapy Dogs

Upcoming events

    • August 08, 2017
    • September 26, 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Milford Place Senior Center, 500 S. DuPont Blvd, Milford, Delaware 19963

    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 7 out of 8 classes to be eligible for evaluation
    • Please do not sign up for a set of classes if you cannot commit to the schedule

    • September 16, 2017
    • October 28, 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

    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.
    • September 26, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Milford Place Senior Center, 500 S. DuPont Blvd., Milford, Delaware 19963

    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.

    • November 18, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044

    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.

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