This class is for gentle, social dogs who enjoy being touched AND know basic commands (sit, down, stay, come & leash manners). Owners must have completed our Basic Obedience I or comparable (instructor approved), to be eligible. The class will reinforce basic commands with distractions, introduce new commands (leave it, wait, go visit), and new skills needed to prepare for Pet Therapy. We will review the diverse therapy options such as; Read to Dogs, Special Needs Programs, After School Programs, Veteran Support, Mental Health & Senior Facilities and Hospitals. Special equipment will be introduced along with safe dog-handling training for health care facilities. In addition, as a perfect preparation for therapy work, dog and handler teams will be prepared for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test – an official AKC Title designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home, in the community and in the presence of other dogs.