Therapy Dog Training Program

This is a detailed and multistep catered program that will prepare the client and the dog for the desired therapy work chosen. The training will take place in and out of the client’s home and will consist of work in advance obedience as well as public access and social behavior. A detailed temperament test is completed to first determine if you and your dog make a good fit for the program. Should All Stage Canine Development feel there could be a safety concern, we will not move forward with the training.

Once the program is completed, additional testing may be mandated by the company or organization you wish to do therapy work with. All Stage Canine Development will also prepare you for this if needed.

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The obedience training is part of the therapy dog program and will be advanced with both the dog and client. Verbal and hand commands/cues will be mandated as therapy dogs are in many different situations. In addition, there will be an obedience certification test that must be completed and passed in order to proceed to the public access or social behavior areas of the program.

Public access as a therapy dog can mean different things based on the area of “specialty” chosen such as children vs adults, or libraries vs hospitals. In each situation, there must be work on how your dog behaves in public to ensure your safety as well as everyone else around you. Multiple training sessions will be completed to prepare you for the public access test and certification. The training prepares you for extensive work in many levels from car travel, store etiquette, and even safety protocols. Placing your dog in extreme situations help ensure they are prepared for the public and all the uncertainties and uncontrollables that come with it.

Social behavior as a therapy dog is much more complicated than you would think. The public, though unintentional, are very rude creatures to a dog. We greet them quickly, pet them rough, and sometimes accidentally step on their tail or drop things on them. Not every dog has the patience to deal with that. Not to mention the scary medical equipment often around a therapy pet such as a walker or wheelchair.

Training

All Stage Canine Development will not perform training without the presence of the handler. The training program isn’t just for your dog, it is to teach you how to be the handler which can prove to be just as challenging as the training for your therapy dog. This program requires hard work and dedication from you as the handler in training in order for it to be successful.

All Stage Canine Development will also not push a dog through the program if there are any potential safety concerns, even if they may have the behaviors needed for the service work. Each step and certification in the program does not guarantee your dog will finish the program. If there are safety issues, All Stage Canine Development will discontinue moving forward with the training. All Stage Canine Development will be available consistently by phone in between lessons to address any questions.

Please don’t wait ask your questions or voice your concerns as they arise during the training. Sometimes waiting even a week can prolong your training program months.

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Update: Chizuko just completed her 1st 6 week basic training program with Alex. She loved the classes and graduated with the rest of her peers. Alex made...

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Andrew Neskirded
Andrew Neskirded
18:37 16 Sep 19
Got a new black lab puppy a few months ago. Wanting her to be well behaved I have taken her to three different training/obedience venues. I enjoyed the six week program and recommend All Stage Canine Development and my puppy has done well.read more
Jack MeHoff
Jack MeHoff
08:46 07 Sep 19
This is the place to get your canine friend trained.
Cassie Cruz
Cassie Cruz
03:48 21 Jun 19
Absolutely love all stage canine development they have helped us create the most amazing border collie. She loves all stage we love all stage all around it helped us create an ultimate family living experience. Our pup started at all stage at 9-10 weeks old and we haven’t stopped training and not because she didn’t get it the first time but because we had no idea how far we could go with training we now have a border collie who turns one year old tomorrow who is absolutely amazing. She is good canine certified and we decided to keep going with our training because all stage has taught us so much and has helped us create an amazing pup. We have recommended them to everyone we know and will continue to do so. Their entire team is phenomenal!!!!!! We have a dog excited about life and has created a bond with everyone at all stage!!!!read more
Ron Carroll
Ron Carroll
22:37 18 Jun 19
Marshall Lomolino
Marshall Lomolino
03:58 26 Apr 19
Very knowledgeable and helpful staff and had a great experience here. Nick has been showing much more confidence and calmness since working with these guys!read more
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Nicky Knuckles
Nicky Knuckles
09:35 29 Dec 18
Super friendly, super easy going, and extraordinarily accommodating. An extremely rare customer experience. One that I wish would spread throughout.read more
Alex Miele
Alex Miele
15:32 22 Aug 18
Professional dog training with purpose.
Tara Alcione
Tara Alcione
00:13 08 May 18
All of the trainers are great! I've taken my dog to both group classes and individual training classes and have experienced great success with my rescue. The trainers have experience with all dog types and put me at ease with my pitbull rescue. Highly recommend. The group classes included basic training and agility type courses.read more
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