New Therapy Dog Training Program in Denver

Denver Dog Works announces a new therapy dog training program
By: Michele Forto
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July 2, 2011 - PRLog -- Denver Dog Works has partnered with Colorado Community Church to establish a therapy dog training program called: Dogs Assisting with God (DAWGs). The program is facilitated by Michele Forto, the lead trainer and business owner at Denver Dog Works.

DAWGs was developed to fill a need. In this case a therapy dog ministry. The team members are learning how therapy dogs and themselves have something to give back to their community.

“Therapy dog training is important, most people are not familiar with it. A therapy dog is used to perform animal assisted activities and therapies,” says Forto

Most of the time, organizations train the dogs in order to help individuals in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other places where people need some kind of therapy.
The qualifications for therapy dog training differ from one state to another but it is almost the same that the dog should be qualified as a canine good citizen. To have that qualification, you must teach your dog to behave well and to focus especially around distractions. In general, a therapy dog training school or your local animal shelter will offer classes where you can learn how to transform your dog into a good citizen.
The training can begin once your dog has been certified as an American Kennel Club Canine Good citizen. Therapy dog training includes training your dog on how to disregard things such as school noises or hospital equipment that the dog may not be used to. Also, they teach the dog to help people with therapy and simple activities. However, there are a lot of cases wherein the therapy is actually just the dog’s presence.
If you are planning to get your dog into a therapy dog training, it is best to research the internet or even the local yellow pages. You can find an organization in your local community that can help you to train your dog to be a therapy dog and to give your pet a chance to be out in the community and help other people. In addition, you can be a volunteer to assist with everything – from the training course to the therapy.
Therapy dog training is a very rewarding experience because you are not just teaching your dog on how to respond to certain situations but also allowing your dog to be more than just an ordinary pet.

For more information on DAWGs or Therapy Dog Training visit

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Denver Dog Works is a canine training organization specializing in canine sports and working dogs with an emphasis on therapy and service dogs
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