Therapy Dog Program

BKC offers a 7 week therapy dog class. A Family Dog skills class and the AKC Canine Good Citizen skills/certification is required but dogs with equal skills may test out with the instructor before registering. Instructor permission is required with emphasis on past and current socialization experiences, self control, and team therapy goals.

AKC Community Canine class is recommended.

The purpose of the class is to progress towards being ready to test to become a registered therapy dog team. There will be information about national organizations that test and provide insurance for therapy dog visits.  Class topics include canine body language, stress and calming signals, and methods for and issues in working in therapeutic and community pet therapy environments.  This is not a class for reactive or shy dogs.

Class activities include but are not limited to:

  • Working around medical equipment (people in wheelchairs, walkers, canes or crutches)
  • Approaching diverse people in a variety of physical positions
  • Being comfortable around a variety of distractions and settings
  • Tricks and techniques to facilitate interactions,
  • Handler skills to support your dog
  • Community outings
  • Socialization opportunities
  • Shadowing on therapy visits

Contact the therapy team:

Cheryl Benedict,

Joan Parrish,

Cindy Brosig,



While we are currently unable to offer classes, we are taking registrations for classes to be held when we are able to re-open. 

If you register now, you will be placed on a list for the next available class session.  Of course, if your plans change, we will gladly refund your class fee.


Therapy Dog Classes

Click here for Class Registration Form
$110 non-members; $55 members
Early bird discount of $10.00 if registration completed 7 days before class:   EBD
$10.00 discount to non-members with a continuing class coupon: coupon given by instructor



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