Therapy Dog Training Program & Certification
Caring Paws creates awareness of the benefits of pet therapy, trains therapy dogs and brings loving pets and their caring handlers to those in our community who are in need of comfort and connection. Caring Paws brings certified pet therapy dogs and their handlers directly to those in need. Do you have a friendly, stable tempered dog who loves attention and people? Are you a caring person that wants to give back to your community? Canine Learning Centers is looking for caring dog/ handler teams to provide visits to those in need.
How it Works
A therapy dog is a privately owned pet used for visits to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, private homes, etc. These pets can provide emotional comfort to those who are sick and vulnerable.
A potential therapy dog must truly love continual attention and petting from people. The dog must be confident but not aloof, must not show any dominant or protective tendencies, must be generally calm and have a “willing to please” personality.
Potential therapy dogs’ temperament must first be evaluated by trainer before enrolling in Canine Learning Centers Therapy dog training program. Dog/handler teams must attend a series of 6 week classes through Canine Learning Centers.
Puppies 9wks on up may enroll in therapy dog program.
Dogs that have been through Canine Learning Centers classes (or other dog obedience school classes) prior to inception of Therapy Dog program will earn credit for classes attended but will be required to attend a minimum of (1) Canine Learning Centers 6wk Therapy dog class before being eligible for therapy visits.
Upon completion of training, approved dog/handler teams will be assigned to a place for therapy visits.
Therapy visits will be supervised through a facilitator.
It is strongly suggested dog/handler teams attend 1-2 Canine Learning Centers maintenance classes per year as long as they are enrolled in the Caring Paws therapy dog program.
Training/Testing: CGC Test Items
Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.
After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:
As of November 4, 2010, body harnesses may be used in the CGC test. The evaluator should check to make sure the harness is not of a type that completely restricts the dog’s movement such that it could not pull or jump up if it tried.
We recognize that special training collars such as head collars and no-jump harnesses may be very useful tools for beginning dog trainers, however, we feel that dogs are ready to take the CGC test at the point at which they are transitioned to equipment that allows the evaluator to see that the dog has been trained.
The evaluator supplies a 20-foot lead for the test. The owner/handler should bring the dog’s brush or comb to the test.
Any dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks, or attempts to attack a person or another dog is not a good citizen and must be dismissed from the test.