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Therapy Dog Training Class (Columbia, MD)

  • September 16, 2017
  • October 28, 2017
  • 6 sessions
  • September 16, 2017, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
  • September 23, 2017, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
  • October 07, 2017, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
  • October 14, 2017, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
  • October 21, 2017, 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
  • October 28, 2017, 8:45 AM 9:45 AM
  • Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Registration

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

    In addition to the instructor, at least two helpers are needed for each of these classes.
  • A team to assist during the third session so students can practice this part of the evaluation
  • Current NCTD instructors or evaluators who are training with a new pet
  • Current NCTD volunteers who are training with a new pet

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.

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