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THERAPY DOG PREP SCHOOL

July 2020 SESSION CANCELLED (due to COVID-19)
October 2020 Begins Oct. 6 REGISTRATION CLOSED (class full)
Jan 2021 Begins Jan. 19 REGISTRATION CLOSED (class full)
Apr 2021 Begins April 13 REGISTRATION OPEN
July 2021 Begins July 13 REGISTRATION OPEN
October 2021 Begins Oct. 5 REGISTRATION OPEN

We run our very popular, fun Therapy Dog Prep School four times a year. Each of the four sessions is made up of a series of six classes that includes activities to prepare both you and your dog for involvement as a therapy dog team. You also have the option of registering without a dog if you’d like to audit. Our Prep School is not designed to certify teams but rather to give both handler and dog the tools to become an effective therapy team and to be better prepared for tests conducted by the various programs. We spend time in each class to help you identify the best therapy program for your needs and interests, then we guide you through the process.

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  • Instruction and practice with successful therapy dog commands and behaviors
  • Discussion and practice of techniques for effective interaction between therapy dog and clients
  • Discussion and practice in developing better observation skills to identify signs of stress in dogs
  • Assistance in helping students identify the most appropriate therapy dog programs
  • Role-playing opportunities with a variety of typical therapy dog settings
  • A field trip to an Assisted Living Facility during the 5th class to practice tools taught in the course
  • Two classes are video taped and students are given an opportunity to study videos at home for discussion in class
  • Various teaching videos are provided to students to supplement class exercises
DETAILS ABOUT

OUR PREP SCHOOL

Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for six consecutive weekly meetings. Classes are held at our Training Center in the Miramar area except for the 5th class which will be an offsite outing. For the outing class, students will be given the choice of participating on either the Tuesday or the Saturday of that week.

July 2020 SESSION CANCELLED (due to COVID-19)
October 2020 Begins Oct. 6 REGISTRATION CLOSED (class full)
Jan 2021 Begins Jan. 19 REGISTRATION CLOSED (class full)
Apr 2021 Begins April 13 REGISTRATION OPEN
July 2021 Begins July 13 REGISTRATION OPEN
October 2021 Begins Oct. 5 REGISTRATION OPEN

Our Training Center in the Miramar area between I-805 and I-15, one mile north of Miramar Road.

Class size is limited so early registration is recommended. All registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Payment is required in full at registration. $180 for a six-week session with a dog. $80 for a six-week session without a dog (auditing the class).

Dogs must be at least 18 months of age at start of class. We have found in the past that the less mature dogs aren’t able to settle well during lectures.

All dogs are required to have had a minimum of one previous dog training class such as Basic Obedience or Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training. A certificate showing the dog has passed the CGC test is also acceptable. Puppy socialization classes do not count towards this basic obedience requirement.

Students will be required to submit records of current vaccinations (including rabies) during the registration process.

All fees will be used to subsidize the mission of Pawsitive Teams. Instructors are experienced therapy dog handlers and volunteer their time with Pawsitive Teams to teach this class.

Some students prefer to attend the class without a dog as there are a lot of benefits to observing other students without having to handle a dog.

Full Fee (one dog per handler) $180
Audit Course (without a dog) $80

 

During the online registration process, you’ll be able to indicate if you would like to be placed on the wait list for an earlier class. Space in each Prep School session is reserved on first-come-first-served basis, based on registration completion.

Completion of this class will not include certification as a therapy dog. This is a Prep Class designed to get you ready for certification and to give you additional information about the various programs in the San Diego area that do certify for therapy dog volunteering.