Therapy Dog Training

Therapy Dogs are specially trained to visit facilities such as hospitals, retirement homes, schools and other places where they can provide stress relief for people. There is a high demand for certified Therapy Dogs in our community. If your dog is calm, friendly and enjoys meeting new people, this might be a good activity for you and your dog.


In this class we will be teaching you dog training skills and how to train behaviors that will help your dog to pass a therapy dog evaluation. We will be learning skills from the Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC), The Therapy Dogs International Test (TDI) and the Love on a Leash Test (LOAL). 


Skills include: loose leash walking, sit-stay, down-stay, recall, leaving an item on the ground or in someone’s hand, remaining calm when being handled by a variety of people and being calm around medical equipment and loud noises.


Just like people, every dog will learn at their own pace. You may need more training for your dog than this 5 week class can provide. We will do our best to show you how to teach your dog so that you can continue practicing toward your training goals.

Introduction to Dog Training Class

 Before participants attend Therapy Dog Training, they must attend an introductory class.

The first class is free of charge, while your payment covers 4 classes. Our dog-free Introduction to Dog Training classes are free of charge and required before you attend any class or social. This class will cover basic requirements, class rules, room layout, training philosophy, how dogs learn, canine body language, and equipment.

The next orientation will be held on:

Sunday, February 16 at 2:30 PM

Monday, February 24 at 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 1 at 2:30 PM

Monday, March  9 at 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 15 at 2:30 PM

Monday, March 23 at 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 29 at 2:30 PM



Therapy Dog Training $250


The next Therapy Dog Training course starts on:

March 21, 2020

Classes will be held on:

Saturdays from 12:30 to 1:30 PM

What to Bring

  • Dogs must wear a flat collar or harness.(Dogs may not wear choke-chains, prong or electronic collars.)
  • A six-foot, non-retractable leash
  •  Necessary vaccination records
  • A hungry, but not famished dog.
  • Treats: A variety of your dogs favorite treats, cut into very small pea size pieces, that you can carry in a treat pouch or other suitable container that allows easy access when you are seated, standing or walking. Please bring 3 different types.
  • Treat pouch that you can wear, which is easy to put your hand in and doesn’t make noise when you grab a treat.
  • A mat, bed, or non-slip pad for dogs to sit on
  • A water bowl

Dog Training Registration

Dog Training Waiver

About the Trainer

Andrea Bratt owns and operates K9sBehave, a reward based dog training business in Santa Barbara California. She is a CPDT-KSA, (Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge and Skills assessed) and a member of IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants). 

Andrea teaches therapy dog classes, trick training classes, puppy training classes, and rabbit training classes as well as providing private training for dogs in their own homes. She teaches classes for recently adopted dogs through the nonprofit K9PALS. Andrea is the Behavior and Enrichment Coordinator for Santa Barbara County Animal Services where she works with dogs, cats and rabbits at three county animal shelters. 

She is a member of Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara and enjoys volunteering with her therapy dog Oli. 

You can visit her website here.

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