Originally Posted By: BlackGSDI've never heard of "therapy dog" classes.
He is getting "schooled" on how to behave in "therapy dog mode" everytime you take him to a school, hospital ect... why the need for a special "class" for something he is already doing?
This course through my trainier covers the following:
Role playing exercises
Walking on loose leash (Covered in both level 1 and 2 obedience)
Greeting people and other dogs politely (Covered in both level 1 and 2 obedience
Walking through a crowd
Teach "leave it"
Prompt recalls with distraction (Covered in level 1 and 2 obedience)
Sitting politely for petting and grooming
Sit and down on command and hold the position until released (Covered in level 2 and 3 obedience)
Familiarization with hospital equipment
Working around loud noises, food, toys and other distractions
Acclimation to infirmities such as uneven gait, shuffling, heavy coughing, wheezing, falling, etc.
Appearance and grooming
Stress and calming signals in dogs
Tellington touch relaxation exercises
Most of these things I have done on my own and socializing has a lot to do with it in my opinion too. Personally I don't think we need to do this course in order to be certified, as I have been working with him since the day he came home. I think we are good to go in those avenues (as long as I keep it up of course).
Can you complete your basic obedience courses and then take the test?
I plan on going through the Level 3 (highest level in my area) obedience course when we are finished this one (we are in level 2 now) and we are continuing to work on our tracking (which we both are loving).
What about the CGN? At what age can this be done at? What do I need to do to obtain this? Would it be a good idea to complete this test first then do the therapy test?