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Therapy Dog Classes


The first thing to decide is whether you are interested and available to be actively involved with therapy dog visits. 
Therapy dog work is a volunteer job that involves training and comittment both to the facilities that are visited and to those persons that look so forward to canine visits.

In order to ensure that your dog is a positive candidate for therapy, we require a brief pre-screening session. We want all teams to succeed and to get the most out of our program. During a pre-screening session, a certified trainer will observe your dog’s temperament, sociability with humans and other dogs, and basic manners. After the evaluation, our trainer will make a recommendation for your team.
**Please keep in mind that there are many levels and progressions to our services and programs. A basic Therapy Qualification is a pre-requisite to entry for all of our certification programs, as is a recognized and current Temperament test.
Based on the pre-screening evaluation the following may be recommended :
  •  Basic training. A certified therapy dog must be a master at basic commands.   
  • Therapy Dog Training. After mastering basic obedience manners, your dog begins training to become a therapy dog. This training teaches the dog and handler how to work together in environments where there Assisted Therapy dog skills as a team can best help. This includes not only therapy tasks, but also an understanding of policies and procedure.
  • Qualification . Once you and your dog have successfully completed the Therapy Dog Training Class, you will receive a qualification of completion.


Training Class
Whether our classes, or anothers, choose classes where the dogs are trained by there handlers under the direction of an experienced trainer in a manner that is easy to understand and practice at home!  Observe the trainers' dog. Do you want a dog that behaves in the same manner ? Is it a positive example of canine obedience ? Is it social with people and other animals ?
Attend as many class sessions as necessary for your dog to develop and demonstrate the ability to work calmly around other dogs and people. A dog who cannot do this and do it consistently is not ready for therapy dog work. You and your dog will be trained on how to work through excitement, distractions, noise and food. 
A dog has genetic tendencies that in part shape there temperament, as well as the experiences the dog has in life will contribute to its behavior.
There is a wide range of temperaments in dogs. Some of these charecteristics are not conducive for therapy dog work, while others are a huge benefit.
For example, a dog who is very energetic and dog aggressive will probably not make a good therapy dog.  
Therapy dogs excell when they are social and comfortable accepting petting from strangers.
The primary purpose of our fun 7-week course is to prepare students for involvement with canine assisted therapy dog opportunities. Our course includes training which will prepare the canine team for involvement with canine assisted therapy programs. This class is not designed to certify teams but rather to give the teams the skills to become effective and better prepared for Therapy testing evaluations. 

For details on applying to Ladies with Leashes & Men with Mutts, or our Therapy Dog classes, submit the form on this  page or contact

First name:
Last name:
Email address:
Dogs' name ?
Has your dog had a basic obedience class ?
Dogs' age ?
Are you able to commit to this type of volunteerism?

LADIES WITH LEASHES & MEN WITH MUTTS welcomes all interested in becoming a Canine Assisted Therapy team through our exclusive training program. However, it is important to consider a few things about your team before applying. If your dog displays the following behaviors, he/she may not be suitable for therapy work:

  • Aggression toward humans
  • Aggression toward dogs or other animals
  • Fearfulness or shyness
  • Abscence of house-training skills
  • Extreme hyper-activity (uncontrolable barking, jumping, etc.)
  • Medical concerns (old age, arthritis, signs of discomfort, etc.)

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