Operation At Ease’s Therapy Dog Program is the first of its kind. Our graduates will be specifically trained to support those who served their country and community-visiting military installations, veteran’s organizations, and first responder units.
This innovative 8-week course guides you and your dog through basic manners including: greeting strangers, leash walking, ignoring dropped food, and progressing to more advanced training: down and stay, sitting for petting, building your dog’s comfort level around busy environments, and sounds. Combining both classroom practice and real-world exposure training at a local pet-friendly business! At the end of this course, you will have the option to take two tests: AKC’s Community Canine (CGCA) and Operation At Ease’s Therapy Dog Test. Both are required to become an Operation At Ease Therapy Dog.
8 Week Class breakdown:
1 orientation (humans only)
3 in house lessons at OAE
3 public access lessons
1 day of testing
Dogs must be people and dog friendly with no history of biting (human or dog).
Health Compliance form to be completed by the canine’s veterinarian prior to certification.
Must have passed AKC’s CGC test prior to enrollment.
Additional fees apply for tests and annual insurance coverage