Therapy Dog Training Free Online Course Includes:
Video Tutorial Lessons
Watch 1.5 hours of on-demand video broken down into 35 bite-sized lessons.
Get links to therapy dog organizations and other helpful resources.
Watch actual therapy dogs demonstrating the therapy dog training techniques.
Complete the course at your own pace and access the lessons 24/7 for as long as you like.
My therapy dog training experience
Hi, my name is Debbie LaChusa, and I’ve been certified as a pet therapy volunteer since 2014. I trained both of my dogs, Hope and Faith, and we are currently certified through two different therapy dog organizations: Love on a Leash and Alliance of Therapy Dogs. I’m a former Love on a Leash Visit Captain, responsible for supervising pet therapy teams-in-training, and doing training visit evaluations. I also spent three years as a member of the Love on a Leash national board of directors.
I’ve done more than 500 pet therapy visits in a wide variety of venues, including the VA Hospital, libraries, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, health and rehab centers, memory care units, special needs classrooms, high schools, universities and colleges, and even an addiction support group.
So, I have a lot of experience in therapy dog training!
This course will help you understand if pet therapy is a good volunteer opportunity for you and your dog.
- What a Therapy Dog is, and does
- How a Therapy Dog is different from a Service Animal and an Emotional Support Animal
- What traits and characteristics a therapy dog needs to have
- If pet therapy is a good fit for your dog
You’ll also learn:
- The basic therapy dog training commands necessary to become a certified pet therapy team through a nationally recognized pet therapy organization
- Additional therapy dog training commands and behaviors that, while not required for certification, are helpful while doing pet therapy, to keep your dog safe and make your pet therapy visits more enjoyable for you, and the people you’re visiting
- What you can expect as a newly certified pet therapy volunteer
- What cues to watch for in your dog once you begin doing volunteer pet therapy work
- What to do if you discover your dog doesn’t like certain pet therapy visits
- The answers to 16 Frequently Asked Questions about doing pet therapy
- The status of Pet Therapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic
While this is NOT specifically a dog training course, every behavior and command covered is DEMONSTRATED so you can see what the behavior or command is, and how it is successfully performed.
Volunteer pet therapy is one of the most rewarding activities you can do with your dog.
It’s a wonderful volunteer service to share with the people in your community. It takes your relationship with your dog to an entirely new level: you become partners and your bond deepens. You’ll meet interesting people you might never otherwise meet. And, you’ll experience the rewards and joy of watching the difference your dog can make, simply by spending time with those in need.
Pet Therapy Teams are In Demand
I’ve done pet therapy in both a large city on the West Coast, and a small town in the East, and in both cases certified therapy dog teams have been in high demand. There are always more facilities wanting to schedule therapy dog visits than there are qualified therapy dog teams to fill those requests. You and your dog can help fill that demand when you become a qualified therapy dog team.
This course includes:
- 1.5 hours on-demand video
- 35 bite-sized video lessons
- Videos include instruction and Demonstration
- Therapy Dog Training Resource List
- Full lifetime access
- Access on computer, mobile devices, and TV