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7pm: Therapy Dog Prep, 6Wk Class

If your dog has these qualities and skills and you are interested in getting started, please register for this class. Our ultimate goal is to create teams to visit facilities together. It’s a great way to build a strong relationship with your dog and help address a real need in our community.

Prerequisites:  1.  Your dog is at least one year of age and
                           2.  A Therapy Dog must have an outstanding temperament. This means that your dog should be outgoing and friendly to all people, tolerant of other dogs and non-aggressive
                                towards other pets and

                           3.  You & your dog have taken one or a combination of the following classes: Basic training, CGC, Heeling & More, or higher level and last instructor vouches on your behalf that
                                your dog can perform a sit, stay, come and walk on a loose leash most of the time.
                                a video submission of your dog performing a sit, stay, come & walk on a loose leash sent to the instructor
                                go to a drop-in Heeling & More class to have the instructor verify.

This 6-week class is designed to prepare handlers and their dogs for visits to institutions, facilities, and any other place where Therapy Dogs are needed.  The primary objective of the Therapy Dog is to provide comfort and companionship in a way that promotes healing and improves the quality of life for the people being visited and the staff who care for these people.  So what’s the difference between Therapy Dogs vs. Emotional Support Animals? First, a Therapy Dog can help multiple people, sometimes even at the same time! An emotional support animal (as well as a Service Dog), is dedicated to helping one person all of the time. Another important difference between therapy dogs and ESA’s is how the law recognizes them. ESA owners get special protections that allow them to have their animals on airplanes and in rental units; these laws do not cover therapy dogs. Therapy dogs may only go into facilities where they are invited.

Monday, January 10, 2022, 7:00 PM until 7:50 PM
Charleston Dog Training Center as well as some off campus training
7644 Southrail Road, Suite 300A
North Charleston, SC  29420

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Robert Gardner
Cody Hunter-McKenzie
Heather Summers
Training Director
Registration is closed - Event is full
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Classes will be cancelled or rescheduled for a different date if there are less than 3 students to a class.

This is a 6-week class to prepare you and your dog to become a therapy dog team. We do not guarantee you will pass the test with this course. You must meet the prerequisites to attend this class. On the 6th week you will be given a practice test and an official test will be offered for you to take at no charge.

In order to become a therapy dog team you will need to get a back ground check. Here is the link.

DHLPP or DHPP and Rabies once they are old enough are required. You can email a copy to the instructor or bring them with you
Cancellation Policy:
Please give us 72hrs notice if you cannot make the class.
Available Slots:
No Fee

Call Today: (555)555-5555