Note: Our Therapy Dog Prep class is on hiatus. We plan to resume post-Covid when facilities are again able to welcome therapy dog visits. If you hope to take this class at a later time, our advice is to keep working obedience with your dog. Keeping your dog fresh on all of his obedience commands and impulse control will be a big plus for you.

This class is a mix of lecture and training exercises. We will focus on the skills needed to successfully participate in pet assisted therapy. Many of these skills build on the intermediate obedience skills, while others may be brand new to you and your dog. Exercises will include: polite greetings, approaching people using medical devices (wheelchair, cane, walker), challenging “leave its”, and exposure to scenarios typically encountered during therapy work.

Information will also be presented on the numerous therapy organizations in the DFW area, how to become a registered therapy team, and how to have a positive therapy experience that benefits you, your dog and the therapy recipient.

  • Manners 3 (or complete an evaluation, demonstrating that level of training)
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen title
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations.
  • If you are new to WAGD, review Be Ready for Group Class and WAGD Policies prior to enrollment.
  • Class Fee – $112
  • Enrollment – four consecutive weekly 50-minute class meetings at your designated day/time.  
  • No make-ups are available for missed classes.

After enrollment, watch for a confirmation email with important details.

If no classes are listed, please call 214-297-3000 to be placed on the interest list.

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Your Instructor

  • Therapy Dog Instructor

    Sue Geller
    Sue draws on her 9 years of very active therapy work to instruct budding therapy dog teams. Her Therapy Dog Prep class teaches ways to enrich your visits, handle challenges and problems, use your dog’s strengths to the best advantage and prepare for the certification tests. Sue is the proud owner of three certified Therapy Dogs, all Bichon Frises. The […]