The Canine Campus
Training & Wellness Center

Therapy Dog

Sharing Smiles & Joy

Training a Therapy Dog

K-9s for Compassion, Therapy Animal Group

K-9s for Compassion, Therapy Animal Group

For dogs 12 months+, 6 sessions; $145, includes testing

Upcoming Classes:


What is a THerapy Dog?

therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, etc and are defined but not covered or protected under the Federal Housing Act or Americans with Disabilities act. They also do not have public access rights with exception to the specific places they are visiting and working. Typically the dog would be granted rights by individual facilities only.

The systematic use of therapy dogs is attributed to Elaine Smith, who noticed patients positively responding to visits by a chaplain and his Golden Retriever. In 1976, Smith started a program for training dogs to visit institutions.

Therapy dogs are usually not assistance or service dogs, but can be one or both with some organizations.

Becoming a Therapy Dog team is a great way to bond with your dog & to volunteer your time to provide comfort to those in need. If you’re interested in having your dog become a therapy dog, we recommend taking our Training a Therapy Dog class. We will provide all the training & preparation, as well as the evaluation & certification for getting you prepared to be a Therapy Team.

We use the Alliance of Therapy Dogs training & testing methods.