Spring is a great time to start Therapy Dog Team Training. We have space available for you and your dog in our upcoming class and we’d love to have you join us!
Our classes are kept small to allow plenty of interaction, practice, and one-on-one attention from the instructor. Handlers and dogs are taught the skills and techniques needed to make meaningful visits in a variety of healthcare and educational settings.
The next Bright Spot Therapy Dog Team Training Class will run April 2nd and April 9th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Animal Alliances, which is conveniently located on Damon Road in Northampton.
Our classes are fun, as well as instructive. Handlers take turns role-playing as patients using walkers, wheelchairs, canes, and lying in bed. Activities like these prepare the handler and dog (the team) for the evaluation which takes place in an actual nursing home. The evaluator will observe the team approaching the real patient sitting in a wheelchair and so on. The role-playing really helps!
Bright Spot Therapy Dog Team Training Classes are not obedience classes. We are not teaching dogs good manners in our classes.
To be ready for Therapy Dog Team Training, your dog most respond well to the basic commands of Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Heel, and Leave It that are taught in obedience classes, such as Beginners Obedience, Intermediate Obedience, Canine Good Citizen, Rally, and others that you and your dog have taken in preparation for beginning Therapy Dog Team Training.
In addition to having taken as many training classes as you can with your dog, you have been working on socializing your dog in lots of different areas.
Take your dog everywhere and anywhere dogs are allowed. Go to places with lots of people, noises, smells, and other distractions. Therapy Dogs must be at ease meeting new people and entering places unknown to them. The better you prepare your dog ahead of starting Therapy Dog Team Training, the better experience you and your dog will have while taking the class, then passing the on-site evaluation to become a certified Bright Spot therapy dog team.
If you’ve been thinking of sharing your outgoing, friendly, well-mannered dog with those in need, this is a great opportunity to jump into a class.
To learn more and how to register, go to our website and click on CERTIFY YOUR DOG. We have more than 175 Healthcare and Educational facilities and programs throughout New England requesting our visiting therapy dog teams. Experience the Joy of sharing your special dogs with others! Sign up for class today!