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Therapy Dog Training Class (Columbia, MD)

  • September 17, 2016
  • October 15, 2016
  • 5 sessions
  • September 17, 2016, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM (EDT)
  • September 24, 2016, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM (EDT)
  • October 01, 2016, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM (EDT)
  • October 08, 2016, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM (EDT)
  • October 15, 2016, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM (EDT)
  • Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045


  • Remember when you took this class? As an NCTD volunteer, please consider assisting with our training classes.

    In addition to the instructor, at least two helpers are needed for each of the five classes.

Registration is closed

This class is for potential volunteers and their dogs 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
  • Get better prepared for therapy visits
  • Get your dog exposed to hospital equipment
  • Improve control and communication with your dog
  • Practice team reaction to distractions
  • Practice with successful therapy dogs
  • ... and much more!


  • 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 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

Note: the Mall Visit (6th class) is a separate event which you must also register for.

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