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
  • If your dog is younger than 1 year, and they haven’t been in facility in 2 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required. 
  • If your dog is older than 1 year, and they haven’t been in the facility in 6 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required.
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations.
  • Class Fee – $175
  • Enrollment – five 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

  • Jan Muennink
    Jan joined the WAGD Team in 2018 after retiring from her career as an Intellectual Property Paralegal.  There’s a good chance you have talked to her on the phone or interacted with her in person as a front desk team member.  However, her first experience with WAGD was in 2016 when she enrolled in her first manners class with Noelle, a […]
  • Lindsey Hawkins
    Lindsey has had a passion for animals from a very young age and currently works full time at a veterinary clinic. Her intro to the dog sporting world began with a rescue 6 month old Great Pyrenees mix named Zeus. In 2011, when he was 2 years old he became a therapy dog with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Throughout the years […]