First Class of Dogs Pass Therapy Dog Training Program

This Fall, Door County Humane Society launched its new Therapy Dog Training Program. DCHS’s therapy dog program consists of a three-session class to prepare owners and their canine friends for the Therapy Dog Certification Test.

Ron Maloney of Peninsula Dog Training donated his time to provide training for the class, and Carol Beck of Therapy Dog International (TDI) administered the certification test. Once they have passed their test, dogs must receive a physical exam by a vet, be up-to-date on vaccinations, and apply to TDI for official certification. Once certified, dogs and owners are ready to begin their therapy visits.

On Oct. 12 the big day came for the Door County Humane Society’s inaugural class of dogs to be tested for certification. All eight of the dogs enrolled passed the certification test. “We are so very proud of these owners and their amazing dogs. We look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on the Door County community,” said DCHS Director Carol Boudreau.

The second Therapy Dog Training Class will be held Feb. 10, 17 & 24 at 6 pm. Admission is $50 for all three sessions. Only 10 to 12 dogs are allowed in each class, so early registration is recommended. To register call Rachel Asher at 920.746.1111.

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