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Therapy Dog Training Class (Columbia, MD)

  • October 05, 2019
  • November 09, 2019
  • 6 sessions
  • October 05, 2019, 9:15 AM 10:45 AM (EDT)
  • October 12, 2019, 9:15 AM 10:45 AM (EDT)
  • October 19, 2019, 9:15 AM 10:45 AM (EDT)
  • October 26, 2019, 9:15 AM 10:45 AM (EDT)
  • November 02, 2019, 9:15 AM 10:45 AM (EDT)
  • November 09, 2019, 9:00 AM 10:00 AM (EST)
  • Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045


  • 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

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.

All fees are non-refundable.

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