Training A Therapy Dog to Heel and Heal


I have been rescuing and training dogs for over fourteen years for a variety of things: obedience, behavioral modification, breaking aggression, agility, tricks, service dog work, and pet therapy.

I love dogs. I eat, breathe and sleep dogs. I love empowering owners with the tools they need to train up good, safe, fun, loving dogs. But I especially love it when a dog is trained so well trained that they can do what they do best–Pet Therapy.

There is no greater healing power, medicine, or finer miracle of God that has given to man than these angelic canines. They bring smiles, laughter and love as they tromp through hospital wards, romp through schools, and cuddle up to the elderly in nursing homes. It has been proven that therapy dogs create positive endorphins in the human brain that promotes healing throughout the body. Amazing!

So you think your dog might be a fit for pet therapy? Awesome! Here are a few tips to know for sure.

  1. Any Dog can be a Pet Therapy Dog (even dogs that are disabled–with the exception of deaf dogs)
  2. They Must Have A Loving Personality
  3. Be Good with People (there are some therapy programs that are set up for even those dogs who might not be good with children, but can visit adults and visa versa)
  4. Be Good with other Dogs
  5. Handlers Can Be Any Person 13 and older
  6. Handlers and Dogs Must pass 10-15 Advanced Commands to Pass the Therapy Dog Test
  7. It is helpful if your dog already knows basic commands, but if not, We Can Teach You and Your Dog everything they need to know
  8. We Teach Dog Obedience, basic through advanced classes, and practice those commands as well as the Tests in both group and private class settings
  9. When your dog is ready to take the Canine Good Citizen Pet Therapy Dog Test and get certified, we offer that as well
  10. Right now we’re holding our spring group classes
  11. In 6 weeks you can get your dog trained, tested, get your Canine Good Citizen Award and be well on your way to having a Certified Pet Therapy Dog
  12. Click Here to Sign up for Spring Classes ONLY $60 Now (Please Hurry! There is a limit of 10 dogs per class and we fill up fast).

We hold our group dog training classes in Owosso, Michigan, centrally located between Flint and Lansing, not far from Saginaw, Bay City, Midland either. We also offer private and in-home training.

Lisa Freeman is an AKC Evaluator, Dog Trainer and Certified Pet Therapist. She specializes in behavior modification, aggression, dog obedience, service dog training and pet therapy. Read More



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