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So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for not only passing the test, but also for working successfully as a therapy dogs team.  The course is taught by Deb, who has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.

NOTE: You must read and understand the Goldstar Dog Training Policies before registering.  See link below to the policies.

Instructor: Deb Helfrich, Goldstar Dog Training Owner

Requirements & Policies:
  • Dogs do not attend the first class.
  • Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies).
  • Please review the class policies before registering (regarding required vaccinations, aggressive dogs, youth participants, etc.).  See link below
  • Dogs must have completed the Gold Star Dog Training Basic/Essentials course (completion of Beyond Basics highly recommended); exceptions may be made by contacting the instructor before registering for the course.
  • Dogs are expected to have a solid foundation in obedience and skills taught in the Basic/Essentials and the Beyond Basics courses.
  • Dogs must be social with people, tolerant of dogs, and not show any signs of aggression or reactivity. Dogs with reactivity, aggression/history of aggression, anxiety, or fearfulness are not good candidates for this course (the instructor reserves the right to remove a dog from the course, without refund).
  • This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.
  • This course is designed to give general guidance on the skills best suited for therapy dog work and common elements on most tests. Therapy dog organizations may have different requirements or may emphasize different skills, and some may have additional requirements that limit a dog’s ability to become certified (e.g., unacceptable training equipment, breed-specific restrictions, raw meat diet restrictions). It is up to the dog owner to research and understand these for the therapy dog organization s/he chooses.

Registration Information:
  • Registration is done online and there are two payment options.
  • At Checkout you will have the option to pay online or offline.
  • 1. Online Payment Option is with a credit card (A convenience fee of $2 or 3.5 % is added, whichever is higher). Using this option your balance is paid in full and the person you are registering is enrolled in the program that you have chosen. The Online Registration Payment Option, is available until the day before the program, or in the case of a weekend program the Thursday before, as list will be delivered on Friday.
  • 2. Offline Payment Option is mailing or bringing in a check or cash with the receipt that is generated after you register. Reminder; the person you are registering is not enrolled until payment is received. The Offline Payment Option, closes a week prior to the start of a program. This is done so that mailing in payment reaches us prior to the start of the program.
  • When the Offline Payment Option is closed you can come into the Rec. Office to register and pay with cash or check.
  • Please create a household account prior to coming in if you don't have one already.
  • Program numbers are checked one week prior to start date to see if minimum number is met. If not a program can be cancelled due to low enrollment.
  • No registrations are accepted after the second meeting of a program.
  • Don't Wait! Register Early! (A program might be cancelled due to low enrollment).

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Therapy Dog Academy 
18 - 99  N/A  Th  03/28/2019 - 05/09/2019
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Williston Central School - Cafeteria
$155.00 Res, $160.00 Non-Res
* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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