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The information above provides a deep-dive into how to train a therapy dog, but to boil it down to basics, heres a good place to start: Socialize your puppy or dog to new people, places, objects,...
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How to Train Your Dog to Become a Therapy Animal Go Through the Good Citizen Program. Therapy dogs work with a dedicated handler. Quite often, this is the dog's owner,... Work on Training and Proofing. You should also develop your dog's training and proof its behaviors very well. Your dog... ...
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How to train a therapy dog If youre wondering how to make your dog a therapy dog, the first step is to undergo a basic therapy dog training program. There are specific organizations that have training available, as well as private trainers, says Lina Ekl?f, manager, pet services, dog training education at Petco.
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How to Train a Puppy to Become a Therapy Dog Consider Whether Your Dog Is a Good Candidate. To be a good therapy animal, your dog must be friendly to all kinds of... Practice the Tests for Therapy Dog Training. Older dogs usually make the best therapy animals (they tend to be less... Have Your Dog ...
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The AKC recommends that dogs pass the Canine Good Citizen test before enrolling in therapy-specific training. This 10-step test helps your pet demonstrate excellent behavior and responsiveness. You can train your pet independently to pass this test or look for classes offered by local organizations.
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Tips For How To Train A Therapy Dog

  1. Socialize your puppy or dog to new people, places, objects, and surfaces.
  2. Obtain the AKC Canine Good Citizen title for your dog. ...
  3. Consider moving up to the AKC Advanced Canine Good Citizen (AKC Community Canine) title to practice CGC test items in a real-world scenario.
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Three Steps to Making Your Dog a Therapy Dog Basic Training: The AKCs Canine Good Citizen Test All therapy dogs need to be under control and have basic training. Some therapy groups require that...
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Many therapy dog organizations require potential candidates to pass the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test. Any dog, purebred or mutt, can take the test. Besides basic training -- such as heel, sit, stay, down and come -- your dog must accept strangers, permit petting, react well to other canines, and calmly walk through a crowd.
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The training of a therapy dog is different from the more intense training of something like service dogs or medical assistance animals. Service dogs need to be able to carry out many different tasks while for therapeutic needs your pup needs to have impeccable behavior and patience.
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Once you have decided that your dog is a good candidate to be a therapy dog, you will need to take steps to train them properly. The basic doggie manners of sit, stay, and lay down are important, but their training needs to be more extensive than that. Whether your dog is a puppy or older, they need to be socialized.


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