Therapy Dog Training
If you'd like your dog to share unconditional love with those who need it most, then training will be a big part of your life. Therapy dogs must pass an initial…
For the Canine Good Citizen Test, there are specific visual and auditory distractions that may be used. If you need help brainstorming places to take your dog to practice around these distractions, then this post is for you. All of these distractions are great practice for any therapy dog in training as well.
Basic dog obedience cues like sit, down, and stay are covered in most training classes. I’m sharing my tips for working in super short practice sessions to your dog’s schedule, and a few ideas on how you can challenge your dog and your training skills with a few more advanced exercises. With just a little practice you should be able to ace your Canine Good Citizen Test or therapy dog test.
Navigating your dog safely through a crowd is a critical skill for therapy dogs and any dog who wants to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test. Finding crowds for practicing this skill, though, can be tough. Here are the lessons I’ve learned about finding the right size crowd at the right time, and the strategies I’ve adopted to keep my dog safe.
Practicing loose-leash walking can get repetitive for you and your dog. Being able to communicate with your dog where you’re both going, though, is a key skill for passing the Canine Good Citizen Test and any therapy dog test. I’m sharing my best ideas for how I improved my dog’s loose-leash walking while keeping our daily walks fun for both of us.
During the Canine Good Citizen Test and many therapy dog tests, a friendly stranger will ask to handle your dog’s paws and ears, pet your dog, and even brush your dog. If you need some tips to help your dog feel more comfortable being handled by strangers, read our blog post that contains over 17 ideas for training your dog for Task #3 of the CGC Test: Appearance and Grooming.
If you’re prepping for your Canine Good Citizen Test or therapy dog test, helping your dog remain calm while new people pet him is a skill you and your dog must be comfortable with. Read my best tips for how I helped Bernie, our Australian Labradoodle, learn better impulse control around friendly strangers.
Passing the Canine Good Citizen Test is the AKC Gold Standard in good dog behavior. If you’re interested in taking the CGC Test, signing up for a preparatory class is a great strategy, but if your dog doesn’t know some basic obedience cues you may be setting you and your dog up for a frustrating experience. Read our blog post for some key questions you can ask yourself to evaluate if you and your dog are ready to take the next steps towards showing what a good boy or good girl you have.
Whats the difference between emotional support dog vs therapy dog vs service dog? If you’ve always dreamed of doing therapy dog volunteer work then you need to read this post! Learn about the training you need to become a therapy dog, the therapy dog test and where you can take your therapy dog in this post from Wear Wag Repeat.
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Different destinations hold new distractions. Want to gauge whether your therapy dog in training will respond to cues? Visit a variety of places to up your game & offer opportunities to work on distinct Canine Good Citizen skills. Click to read our 20 ideas for places to socialize and train your dog. #mcsquaredoodles #therapydogs #dogtraining #caninegoodcitizen
Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People - P is for Places You Walk. If your dog gets a daily walk, then trying new routes will help you find the time to challenge your dog every day. Even if your training lasts for just a few minutes! Read more at McSquare Doodles! #McSquareDoodles #dogtraining #dogtrainingtips #therapydogtraining
Need some new ideas for training your dog? If you're working toward your CGC title, click here for a list of 20 different places where you can practice skills like reactions to another dog, walking through crowds on a loose leash, meeting people calmly, and reactions to various distractions. #mcsquaredoodles #dogtraining #dogtrainingideas #therapydogtraining #therapydogs