When I developed Therapy Dog Prep School it was to help others prepare their dogs for the testing process and Therapy Dog Work. While I was raising and training my own dogs years ago, I realized that there was nothing available in the way of training to help me prepare for this process. I wanted to have a better understanding of what the actual visits would be like. The only information I received was to take the CGC Test. While I think the CGC is a good gauge of a dogs basic obedience skills I don't think it gives us enough insight into how a dog will perform in a medical setting or as a working Therapy Dog.
In Therapy Dog Prep we are working on obedience skills, teaching advanced skills to use on visits and addressing very common problems such as licking, jumping, over excitement, rude greetings, etc. When the dogs enter class on week one, it's fairly common for them to be jumping for attention, licking when you pet them and having trouble settling. By graduation night the progress is amazing, it's always fun to watch the transformation. Therapy Dogs Prep School helps people prepare their dogs for a variety of careers in Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapies.