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Therapy Dog Training Class


This is only a 3 week class. Our goal is to assess the skills your dog already has, and build a plan to address any skills that might need work. After the class, we can schedule an evaluation when you both are ready. Evaluation appointments are $25


Therapy dog teams consist of a human and their dog specially trained to handle a variety of environments and several different types of people.


There are local organizations such as:


Love on a Leash

"A therapy pet's primary function is to brighten someone's day. The majority of our members are involved in this social side of therapy work. Therapy pets and their handlers visit nursing homes, hospitals and schools to provide emotional support. They put a smile on someone's face, make their day a little brighter, or bring back a cherished memory.


Therapy animals are privately owned and visit facilities on a regular basis. All Love on a Leash® members are volunteers."


Paws and Think

"Paws & Think is a non-profit organization focusing on the at-risk community, both human and canine. Our vision is to instill pride and confidence in those we serve. We do this with two proven methods: one of training and providing therapy animals for both animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapies to youth, seniors and special needs individuals of all ages. The second method is our Youth–Canine Programs that facilitate classes for at-risk youth and teens, helping them to train shelter dogs with positive reinforcement behaviors. The young people learn responsibility, job readiness, anger management, parenting skills, leadership and positive life skills, while at the same time increasing the dog’s chances of adoption because of the basic obedience skills learned. Pride and confidence are found as a result of both aspects of our vision.


Our Programs Serve:


  • Youths who are academically or behaviorally challenged; incarcerated; at-risk of suicide; pregnant and single; or lack a positive self-image
  • Children and adults with physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities/needs
  • Stray, surrendered or neglected dogs at-risk of euthanasia
  • The communities in which these groups reside"



The CGC Program teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10-step Canine Good Citizen test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowners insurance companies are encouraging CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. The CGC Program also includes the AKC CGC℠ Responsible Dog Owner Pledge.




Accepting a friendly stranger

  • The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.


Sitting Politely for Petting

  • The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.


Appearance and Grooming

  • The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.


Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)

  • Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).


Walking Through a Crowd

  • This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).


Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place

  • The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.


Coming When Called

  • This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).


Reaction to Another Dog

  • This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.


Reaction to Distraction

  • The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.


Supervised Separation

  • This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's alright").




Our trainer:

Robin Herman, CPDT-KA


Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, #1112520

Certified Advanced Pet Care Technician

APDT Professional Member #68910

C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator #E750096

AKC CGC Evaluator #47279

CATCH Mentor Trainer

4 time Skyhoundz World Finalist, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

DiscDogAThon, Extreme Distance, Microdog Classic

2013 & 2014 3rd place, Women's Microdog, Xtreme Distance Titles in Agility and Disc Dog Sports

Some of Robin's dogs: Skeeter, Nano, Skeeter, Koty Dock Diving, Skeeter, Nano and the founder, Abbey

5990 E. 71st Street

Indianapolis, IN  46220

(317) 849-5555

Locally owned and operated • Single location • Owner on site • Opened April 2006