Therapy Dog Preparation Classes Available in Augusta County, Virginia

Therapy Dog Preparation Classes Available in Augusta County, Virginia

Kayla, a certified therapy dog with The Balanced Dog, LLC, enjoying the Dogs to Read 2 program at the Bridgewater Public Library. This program utilizes therapy dogs to provide emotional support to children struggling to learn how to read. The therapy dog program is also offered out of the Massanutten Regional Public Library in Harrisonburg.

Kayla, a certified therapy dog with The Balanced Dog, LLC, enjoying the Dogs to Read 2 program at the Bridgewater Public Library. This program utilizes therapy dogs to provide emotional support to children struggling to learn how to read. The therapy dog program is also offered out of the Massanutten Regional Public Library in Harrisonburg.

You can now sign up for therapy dog preparation classes in Augusta County, Virginia with The Balanced Dog through Augusta County Parks and Recreation.

Classes will be held on Thursdays, June 16 - July 21, from 6 - 7 PM at the Government Center Veranda, located at 18 Gov Center Ln, Verona, VA 24482. 

Registration is open until June 9, 2016 but spots are filling quickly. Contact Augusta County Parks and Rec at (540) 245-5727 to reserve your spot today!

This six week course is designed to prepare you and your dog for the certification test offered at the end.  All dogs must have a 6 foot long nylon leash. (No flexi leashes allowed.) Children are welcome to become certified along with their dogs. (Appropriate for children ages 8 +. Children 15 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.)

The certification test will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 10 AM - 1 PM. A $10 fee must be paid to the instructor on the day of the test. 

Therapy dogs visit schools, hospitals, libraries, retirement communities and other facilities where people need emotional support. Dogs who make good candidates like strangers, and are not shy, fearful, or aggressive.

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