Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction

    • What is a Therapy Dog?

    • Required Traits and Characteristics

  • 2

    Therapy Dog Training Requirements

    • Training Your Dog to be a Therapy Dog

  • 3

    Therapy Dog Certification or Registration

    • Therapy Dog Organizations

    • Certification or Registration Requirements

  • 4

    Required Training Demonstrations

    • Come. Sit. Down. Stay

    • Walking on a Loose Leash

    • Tolerating Grooming and Physical Handling

    • Greeting a Friendly Stranger with a Dog

    • Sitting Politely for Petting #1

    • Sitting Politely for Petting #2

    • Maintaining Composure with an Erratic Stranger Approaching

    • Reaction to Distractions

    • Supervised Separation

  • 5

    Additional Training Demonstrations

    • Useful Training and Behavior for Pet Therapy Visits

    • Leave It

    • Take and Drop

    • Place

    • Touch

    • Wait

    • Go See

    • Paws Up

    • Ignoring Other Dogs

    • Ignoring Strangers

    • Go Potty

    • High Five

  • 6

    Once You Become a Certified Therapy Dog Team

    • Useful Tips for New Therapy Dog Teams

    • Watch Your Dog for Cues

  • 7

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Frequently Asked Questions: Part 1

    • Frequently Asked Questions: Part 2

  • 8

    Therapy Dog Resources

    • Therapy Dog Resources

  • 9

    NEW: Pet Therapy During Covid-19

    • Pet Therapy and Covid-19

  • 10


    • Let's Wrap Things Up!

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What You'll Learn in this Course

Your Instructor

Debbie LaChusa

Debbie LaChusa is a bestselling online teacher with more than 21,000 students in 165 countries. She's been a pet therapy volunteer since 2014, and has done more than 500 pet therapy visits with her golden retrievers, Hope and Faith. She's a former Love on a Leash national board member and visit captain, and the creator of the Pet Therapy Stories blog.

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