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Due to COVID-19, most facilities are closed to NCTD therapy dog visits, but we are scheduling training classes, virtual workshops, and in-person meet-and-greets as we prepare to resume visits this spring. As always, we will continue to focus on the safety of our clients and volunteers.

NCTD requests that all volunteers and participants in NCTD sponsored activities who are medically able receive a COVID vaccine prior to taking part in any therapy team visit, indoor class, open floor, evaluation or other event. The current CDC guidelines for masking and social distancing should be followed by attendees at all NCTD events being held indoors or outdoors.

Therapy Dog Training Class (Gaithersburg, MD)

  • July 05, 2017
  • August 05, 2017
  • 6 sessions
  • July 05, 2017, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • July 12, 2017, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • July 19, 2017, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • July 26, 2017, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • August 02, 2017, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EDT)
  • August 05, 2017, 8:45 AM 10:00 AM (EDT)
  • Bohrer Park @ Summit Hall Farm, 506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, 301-258-6350 (NOTE: The August 5th class will be held at The Mall In Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044, 410-730-3300)


  • 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!


  • 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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