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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 (Columbia, MD)

  • September 21, 2022
  • October 29, 2022
  • 6 sessions
  • September 21, 2022, 6:15 PM 7:45 PM (EDT)
  • September 28, 2022, 6:15 PM 7:45 PM (EDT)
  • October 05, 2022, 6:15 PM 7:45 PM (EDT)
  • October 12, 2022, 6:15 PM 7:45 PM (EDT)
  • October 19, 2022, 6:15 PM 7:45 PM (EDT)
  • October 29, 2022, 9:00 AM 10:00 AM (EDT)
  • Bain 50+ Cemter. 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21004
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  • 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 volunteers who are training with a new pet

Registration is closed

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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