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

  • Kim Cameron
    Kim Cameron joined WAGD in 2023. Kim’s journey into the world of dog therapy work began almost 20 years ago with a rescue Great Dane, Gandalf. His gentle nature and amazing abilities as a friend and partner compelled Kim to search for a way to share her dog with others. Kim continues today to follow her passion for therapy work […]