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Therapy Dog Training Charlotte NC

A Therapy Dog is a companion dog that helps to improve the mental, emotional or physical well-being of people in need. These dogs are specially trained for the purpose of bringing love and joy to patients in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, convalescent homes, hospice facilities and the like. Therapy dog training is a rewarding experience for all involved.

The Therapy Dog Training Program highlights two very important aspects of our mission; to help dog owners train their dogs to be well-mannered pets and to help promote the bond between people and their pets.

Our carefully designed Therapy Dog Training Program helps interested dog owners prepare their dogs and themselves for work as a certified therapy dog team. Our Pet Therapy Program has been designed by a team of trainers who have direct and personal experience working in the areas of pet therapy. We have utilized these resources with the ultimate goal of preparing teams for certification and placement with active and successful Therapy Dog Organizations such as Therapy Dog International.

Therapy dog training charlotte nc

Let's get started teaching your dog the skills necessary for this rewarding work!

Upcoming Therapy Dog Training Classes

Advanced Manners / Therapy Dog Class– Saturday June 4th, Orientation on Wednesday June 1st

Therapy Dog Class / Advanced Manners Class

To get started with therapy dog work, most people begin with basic manners dog training class. Some dogs qualify to jump right into our Advanced Manners / Therapy dog class. Dogs need to be able to focus on you around other dogs and have a great foundation in leash walking, sit and stay while you look at other things, leave it, and come when called. Email us if you think your dog has the foundation skills necessary to begin with the Therapy dog class.

In therapy dog class, your dog will learn the next level of cooperation and will learn to ignore toys, food, other people and other dogs and choose to listen to you instead. During this class, we work through the tasks and skills needed to pass the Therapy dog test.


The topics we go over during Advanced Manners / Therapy Dog Training class include:

  • Walk nicely on a leash past other dogs
  • Walk nicely on a leash by my side
  • Advanced leave its: Don’t touch the food I just dropped or the trash on the ground or the poop hidden in the grass
  • Advanced stay until I tell you to get up: more distractions, more distance, more time
  • Come when called and ignore the food on the floor, the other people and the other dogs
  • And more!

Join our next class and watch your dog bring joy and happiness to the face of people in need!

Our Advanced Manners / Therapy Dog Class includes 3 components:

  1. Online orientation to prepare our dogs for in person sessions
  2. 6 weeks of in person Advanced Manners / Therapy dog sessions.
  3. Full access to our complete dog training online course to jumpstart your training success

1. Orientation:

Wednesday June 1st at 6:30 pm

2. Advanced Manners / Therapy Dog in-person training sessions

Saturday June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 9 and July 16. Canine Good Citizen testing and Therapy Dog Preparation testing will be offered on July 16th. Class will be from 12:30 to 1:20 pm at 2148 old hickory grove Mount Holly, NC in our state of the art, fully-matted, outdoor, fully-enclosed covered building.

3. Complete dog training success online course

Get started right away! You get access right after you register.


Cost: $179 includes 7 weeks of training and your complete dog training success course.

Register now to have a well-behaved, dog that can go anywhere with you!

Where are your Charlotte dog training classes?

Our Charlotte dog training classes are held in a state of the art dog training facility in Mount Holly, NC near the Charlotte airport. Our classes are designed to help owners succeed in training their dogs.

Therapy Dog Test Requirements

  • The dog must stand, sit or lay down and wait under control within the reach of their owner, while the owner sits at counter or table and completes paperwork while other dogs are lying down 8 feet away.
  • The Dog must lie quietly at their owners feet while the owner is sitting with another person (with or without a dog) during a casual meal or on a park bench.
  • The dog should be able to remain with a friendly stranger without showing distress while their owner is out of sight for one minute.
  • The dog should be able to walk on a loose leash in a new environment and does not pull. Able to execute the following with a loose leash: Left and right turn, Stop, Fast and slow pace
  • The dogs walks on a loose leash through a crowd.
  • During the test, the dog needs to walk past distraction dogs and do not pull on the leash.
  • A Therapy Dog must remain in a Sit-Stay in a small group (3 other people with dogs). Owners and dogs are in an informal group while owners have a conversation.
  • A Therapy Dog allows with little or no reaction an approaching person carrying something large such as a box or package to approach and pet it. “May I pet your dog?” (Item is put on floor/ground before person pets dog)
  • The therapy dog needs to cooperate with their owners. They walk by food on the floor and respond to leaving the food on the floor.
  • A Therapy Dog responds to “Leave it” when a friendly visitor offers the dog a treat.
  • During the test, your dog will need to remain in a down or sit stay at a 20 feet for 2 minutes while other dogs are nearby.
  • Your dog will then be called to come to you when you call. Therapy Dogs must come when called with distractions. Handler goes out 20-ft. and calls dog. Dog comes past a distraction to return to handler.
  • Your therapy dog will need to enter or exit through a doorway or narrow passageway (on leash, with owner) in a controlled manner.
  • A Therapy Dog must be environmentally sound and tested on high gloss floors, willingness to enter a revolving or sliding door and willing to enter an elevator.
  • During the test, the Therapy Dog needs to ignore children on cue while they run, yell, play ball and drop things.
  • Dogs must be tested on a plain buckle collar or a slip leash. Training collars, training harnesses, halties, or any other corrective training devices are not permitted during testing or visiting as a registered Therapy Dog.
  • Dogs must be a minimum of one year old to be tested.
  • Handlers under 18 years of age must have a parent/legal guardian present.
  • Greyhounds are not required to sit for Therapy Dog Testing.