Therapy Dog Preparation


A therapy dog provides affection and comfort to people in facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living, hospice, shelters, schools, libraries, and physical therapy centers. Through the unique animal-to-human bond, visitation from a therapy dog can brighten a person’s day, lift spirits, reduce anxiety or stress and help motivate people through treatments. A therapy dog visiting a facility is always accompanied by their handler. Therefore, our therapy dog class is as much for the handler to learn proper handling etiquette as it is for the dog to learn manners.  

A Therapy Dog must:
• have a calm and even-tempered disposition.
• have no history of aggression or reactivity towards people or animals
• be well socialized (exposed to many environments, people and other dogs)
• have basic obedience training  (prerequisite to taking the Therapy Dog class is completing MuttSchool’s Foundations class)
• like to be petted, hugged and touched by strangers
• must love to cheer others up!

The therapy dog preparation group class meets for 8 weeks in a row. In addition to preparing you for your team certification, we will be work toward the AKC Canine Good Citizen certificates with the dogs.

Therapy dogs are not to be confused with service dogs or emotional support dogs.  Service dogs are trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities and are considered working animals, not pets. Emotional Support Dogs are prescribed by licensed mental health professionals to provide therapeutic support to persons with mental illnesses.


To become a therapy dog, you and your dog should complete:

LEVELS 1-3 BUNDLE
$40 off regular price

$360

Purchase levels 1-3 together and receive $40 off (normally $400). Because training requires consistency to make progress, credits must be used within 6 months of purchase. No refunds on unused credits.

Therapy Dog Preparation
Group Class

$200

Are you interested in doing therapy dog visits with your dog? Learn what it takes to be a therapy dog volunteer and train your dog for this rewarding work.

MuttSchool's therapy dog preparation class meets for 8 weeks in a row and will work on preparing you and your dog for your team registration tests.

There may additional costs associated including an online course, team testing and insurance that you and your dog will need to complete to be a registered therapy dog.

Prerequisite: MuttSchool's LEVEL 3 CLASS, the AKC CGC or by permission of instructor

Therapy Dog Preparation
(set of 10 private lessons)

$600

*Semi-Private lessons are $300 per dog - limit 3 dogs.

MuttSchool comes to you! Lessons are done at your home, facilities or somewhere nearby where you live.

Are you interested in doing therapy dog visits with your dog but don't want to wait for a group class? MuttSchool offers private or if you have a group of friends that want to learn together, semi-private lessons.

Learn what it takes to be a therapy dog volunteer and train your dog for this rewarding work. MuttSchool's therapy dog preparation private (or semi-private) lessons prepare you for your team certification while working toward the AKC Canine Good Citizen certificates with your dog. We will also do supervised visits to various dog-friendly facilities preparing your dog for becoming an actual therapy dog.

There are additional costs associated including an online course and team testing that you and your dog will need to complete to be a registered therapy dog.

Prerequisite: MuttSchool's Foundations class or equivalent training by permission of instructor

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