This past Sunday, I conducted an Advanced Therapy Dog Training Workshop at The Collared Scholar in Northampton, MA. The folks in attendance had taken the Beginners Workshop last month and were back to enhance their skill levels in preparation for taking their therapy dog evaluations and commencing visits.
This was a model group. I have been offering therapy dog instruction for over two years now in response to the growing number of people interested in doing therapy dog work and seeking training to get started. These folks were highly motivated – they want to do this work and they’re willing to put in the time to learn what is needed – and to practice, practice, practice. It was evident that all had been practicing between the two sessions and will continue to do so. Training your dog is an on-going process, part of your daily routine. The more you work with your dog, the more time you spend with your dog, the better relationship you build – very necessary for doing therapy dog work together as a team.