Therapy Dog Classes

Have you often thought about sharing the joy you feel when your are with your wonderful canine companion with others? Does your dog bring a smile to everyone's face that he encounters? 

This program will help you and your canine partner prepare to do visits and activities. Dogs have a remarkable effect on humans based on a bond that has existed for thousands of years. Come and explore the many facets of being a team, including the skills needed to make every visit a safe and fulfilling experience. At the completion of the program, we will schedule evaluations.  

Prerequisites:  

  • Your dog must be at least one year of age, friendly and sociable with people, and tolerant of the presence of other dogs.
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification is encouraged.
  • If you do not have your CGC, you will be evaluated to ensure that you and your dog have comparable skills.

More information about Pet Partners.

More information about Therapy Dogs International.

When you successfully register with your dog, your team can join our Community Partners group, Paws Cares, which can help you find meaningful volunteer opportunities that are well-suited to your team's skills and interests.


Pet Partners Handler Workshop

This six hour session is a handler-only workshop (no dogs) to help you learn the details of doing therapy dog visits and to help you prepare to be a dog therapy team. The workshop is interactive and gives you ample opportunity to ask questions about animal assisted activities. After attending the workshop you will be given a certificate of completion, which is a prerequisite for evaluation as a Pet Partner team, as Pet Partners requires that handlers complete a workshop or online course.

Saturday,  July 8, 2017

85/Handler
Pet Partners Manual must be purchased on-line.

For more information and to register, email sandy.pawsneffect@gmail.com or call 203-281-7150


Skills Practice Scenarios for Therapy Dogs

This six-class session is an opportunity to brush up on your dog's skills for real therapy work and for the therapy dog evaluation.  You will experience "visiting" with your dog through a variety of scenarios, including exposure to medical equipment, typical distractions, and common situations you may encounter. Currently registered working teams will participate and share their experience to give you firsthand insight into the wonders of the human-dog bond.

Thursday, 6PM - 7PM
March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 2017

$185/Handler OR
$175/Handler if you have completed the Pet Partners Workshop at Paws 'N Effect

For more information and to register email sandy.pawsneffect@gmail.com or call 203- 281-7150.


So Now You're a Therapy Team Workshops

Are you a recently registered therapy team? Or have you been registered for a while, but you would like prepare for new kinds of therapy visits that may pose particular challenges and stressors for you and your dog? Or are you looking to prepare for a new visit location or style and you want to bolster your confidence? Then join us for one or both of these seminar-style workshops focused on preparing for therapy dog visits in challenging but meaningful locations.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
10AM-12PM: Medical Environments Workshop
12:30-2:30PM: Educational Environments Workshop

For more information, check out the Special Event Listing.