CAP Training And Testing
The CAP training program is a comprehensive series of classes designed to prepare the dog and handler for our Therapy Dog Evaluation. We teach using positive methods only. No prong or pinch collars are allowed. Head halters and no-pull harnesses can be used. We realize that handlers with issues such as arthritis, knee, back pain, or other health challenges may find these aids helpful. This class is required for any handler and his or her dog who wants to become a visiting CAP Therapy Team. The goal of the class is to prepare each dog and handler to pass the CAP Evaluation and become a confident, competent, and cheerful visiting team.
In the class, we teach partnership, attention, loose leash walking, and how to meet another dog in a neutral manner. We review CAP policies and procedures. Your dog’s tolerance for having his or her body examined, crowded or clumsy petting and working around medical equipment will also be taught. Behaviors useful for therapy dogs during visits, such as learning to, “Go, say hello,” and placing his or her head in a lap will be part of the curriculum.
Once a handler and his or her dog has been certified as a CAP Therapy Team, they can visit CAP sanctioned facilities that need visiting teams including: adult care and assisted living residences, hospitals, libraries, schools, and other community programs of the handler’s choice. CAP Teams visit in groups led by an experienced member who serves as a Captain.
As a prerequisite for the CAP Therapy Class, we also require that dogs possess basic obedience skills and have received the AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certificate or equivalent prior to attending the CAP Therapy Training Course. Many dog training locations on the Cape offer the AKC 6-week CGC Course/Test, and it is a wonderful way to bond with your dog, teach good obedience skills and test for the AKC certification. Dogs must be one year old to take this class.
CAP is conducting Fall classes at Tail Waggin’ Dog Training starting in the beginning of October 2023. Please see Class Schedule for dates and times.
* Participation in the class does not guarantee that the team will pass the evaluation. Homework will be given and practice at home between classes will be helpful in attaining a successful evaluation result. Upon completion of the class and passing the CAP Therapy Team Evaluation, qualified teams will be oriented at a CAP visitation site.
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