Siriusly Canine offers prep classes based on Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Inc (ATD) protocol. Classes hone your dog's skills, as well as handling skills for the owner/guardian. Unlike Canine Good Citizen that evaluates your dog's behavior, the therapy dog handling test and subsequent observed visits evaluate you and your dog's skills as a team.
Items including in therapy dog prep class include, but are not limited to:
- Canine-human interaction
- Physical handing of the dog and the dog's response
- Control of dog on loose-leash
- Dog's reaction to medical equipment.
We also take field trips into the community, building confidence in different venues. A handlers-ONLY therapy visit is also offered, so you can experience what goes in actual therapy work.
For more information on therapy dogs, visit www.therapydogs.com
*Although therapy dogs wear a cape identifying them as such, therapy dogs are NOT service dogs.
A therapy dog team visits to provide social comfort and engagement for a wide variety of people. A service dog provides specific needs to one person and is not to be petted or socially engaged while working.
**Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Inc does NOT require you and your dog take any preparatory classes or training in order to take the therapy dog handling test.