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Our Therapy Dog Prep School is a 6-week course and includes activities which will prepare both you and your dog for involvement as a therapy dog team. This class 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 in helping you identify the best therapy program for your needs and interest then guide you in the process.

  • Instruction and practice with successful therapy dog commands and behaviors
  • Discussion and practice of techniques for effective interaction between therapy dog and patients
  • 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


Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for 6 consecutive weekly meetings.

April 14, 2020 Canceled due to COVID-19
July 7, 2020 Open
Oct 6, 2020 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 canine students are required to have had a minimum of one previous dog training class such as Basic Obedience or Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training. Certificate showing that the dog has passed the CGC test is also acceptable. Puppy socialization does not count towards this requirement.

Students will be required to submit records of current vaccinations, including rabies.

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

After receiving your Registration Form, we will send Prep School Payment Instructions.  You will not be listed in a roster or on a wait list until both your registration and payment have been received.

One of the first questions on the registration form is whether you would like to be on the wait list for an earlier class. If you reply affirmative, we will note that in our files and contact you if we get an opening. We confirm students for each class one month before the start date. This enables us to know if we have an opening and to give us time to contact those on the wait list. Remember, we cannot place you on a wait list until we have received both the registration form and deposit. Space in class is reserved on first-come-first-served basis, based on receipt of deposit.

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.

To register for a class, click appropriate form below and complete the registration form.  Upon receipt of this form, we will send instructions for paying the deposit. 

Registration form for student with dog:  Prep School Registration

Audit only registration form (student attending without a dog):  Therapy Dog Registration without Dog