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Therapy Dog Prep

Therapy Dog Prep

Prep class for CKC CGN certificate



You dog will learn to stay focused even when distracted

Therapy Dog Prep:

Have you every thought your dog would make a great Therapy Dog?

Therapy Dog Prep is a fun, non-competitive class geared to students wanting to experince the training required to become such a team. This course will also prepare Dog and Handler teams to pass the Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) program. The skills taught in this class will help you develop a well-mannered, confident, and controlled dog in everyday situations both at home and in public.

Students in this class will learn about impulse control, dog and handler communication, and therapy dog etiquette. Handler teams will also be given the opportunity to work on some tricks that will wow the crowd at your next social event.

While neither this club nor this course are affiliated with a Therapy Dog Program like Theraputic Paws of Canada or St John Ambulance; our goal is that by taking this course you will be in better stead to pass a Therapy Dog Evaluation should you choose to proceed with one in the future. After all, not all sucessful CGN candidates are therapy dogs, but all therapy dogs should be sucessful in their CGN evaluation.

The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) program promotes responsible pet ownership. The test evaluates the handler’s ability to control the dog in real-world envionments. To learn more about CGN tests, click here. The ability for a dog and handler team to pass the CGN course is a requirement of Swansea Dog Obedience Club's very own Therapy Dogs, The Canine Callers

A 4 to 6 foot fabric or leather leash is required for this class. Bring your own leash or, if you wish, leather leashes will be available for purchase at the class.

This course will teach you and your dog how to...
  • Accept a friendly stranger
  • Politely accept petting
  • Accept examination and grooming
  • Walk politely on a loose leash
  • Walk through a crowd
  • Sit/down on command and stay in place
  • Come when called
  • Settle on command
  • React calmly to a passing dog
  • Mild/no reaction to distraction
  • Accept supervised isolation
  • Walk through doors or gates properly
  • Some basic tricks for you to work on

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Obedience Level 2 or instructor recommendation.


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