Tails of Joy sponsors Therapy Dog Classes that help you and your dog prepare for animal assisted activity (AAA) commonly known as pet therapy.
These classes will acquaint you with different aspects of pet therapy and help you develop the team skills required to pass the aptitude and skills portions of the Intermountain Therapy Animal or Pet Partners® (formerly Delta Society ) evaluation, part of the registration process.
While the Pet Partners® and Intermountain Therapy Animals programs are similar, you should review the prerequisites of each program, including Pet Partners' raw feeding policy, to determine which program best meets your needs.
Pet Partners Website
Intermountain Therapy Animals Website
Tails of Joy Therapy Dog Classes are for those who want to learn more about pet therapy or who want assistance learning the skills required to make a great therapy team. Precise obedience skills are not required, however the handler must have control of their dog while visiting, including a reliable sit, down and stay. All classes are taught with positive training methods.
more information on therapy dog classes or to register for
a class contact Susan
Gagnon (firstname.lastname@example.org) via email.
Therapy Dog Class Prerequisites
||Handler must present proof
of dog's up-to-date rabies vaccination at start of
||Dogs must have basic obedience
skills such as sit, down, stay, come
||Handler/dog team must train using
||Dog must be at least ten months
old before the start of Therapy Dog Class
Tails of Joy offers two levels of Therapy Dog Class, each eight weeks long.
Most teams will start with Level I. Teams with advanced
or returning for refresher work may be eligible to enter
at Level II after consultation with the trainer. Admission
II is at the trainer’s discretion.
Locations / Start Dates
Classes are regularly offered at Tails-U-Win and at other locations based on student interest.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Level I at 9AM
Level II at 10:15AM
Instructor: Susan Gagnon
Baywood Kennels, Willington:
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Instructor: Beth Hajek
Next Class TBA
Level I at 6:30 PM
Instructor: Susan Gagnon
For more information on therapy dog classes or to register for a class contact Susan Gagnon via email.
Dog Class Level I introduces skills that you
and your dog need as a “therapy
team” for successful Animal Assisted Activity
visits. Many of these skills build on the foundation of basic
obedience that your dog already knows while others may be
brand new to you and your dog.
- Obedience skills with distractions.
Dog’s response in potentially stressful situations
including petting from a stranger, clumsy petting, and group
Safety skills in an unfamiliar environment, including “wait” and “leave
- Loose leash walking with increasing distractions.
Class includes time for practicing
and homework is assigned based on each individual team’s progress
with the new skills.
Therapy Dog Class Level II builds on the skills
learned in the first level class with higher levels of
Real-life scenarios are practiced.
- Obedience skills with increased level of distraction
- New obedience skills useful in visiting situations
Field trip to crowded area (subject to instructor’s
Class includes time for practicing and homework ideas are assigned based on individual team’s progress with
the new skills.