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Handler's Class (Laurel)

  • January 06, 2024
  • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, Maryland


  • Assist in demonstrating the NCTD evaluation during a portion of this class. Check with the instructor for specific times and instructions. Please bring your dog along!
  • Current NCTD instructors or evaluators who are training with a new pet

Registration is closed

This course is a prerequisite to beginning the therapy dog training classes. 

This one-day intensive training class is designed for prospective therapy dog handlers and is taught by NCTD instructors. This interactive class features lecture, class discussion, role play, demonstration, and videos. The class will cover topics such as therapy dog registration requirements, health care settings and populations, visiting tips and techniques, and managing stress and difficult situations.

NCTD sponsors the Handler's Class in the Washington area three or four times each year. Early registration is appreciated.

The fee for this course includes a resource guide which will be distributed at the class.

Additional Information:

  • Sorry, no pets allowed at this class
  • Dress comfortably
  • Registrations are accepted up to one week before class is held
  • Payment must be received prior to attending class
  • The training facilities are accessible for those with disabilities. If you have any special needs, please advise NCTD ahead of time.
  • Financial assistance may be available; individuals requesting assistance should contact NCTD.
  • All fees are non-refundable

To bring comfort, healing, and learning to children and adults with certified therapy animals.

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