Carrie S Faber

Newcastle, CA 95658

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Therapy Dog & Pet Dog Training

If you are interested in pet dog training or becoming a Therapy Dog handler to take into a facility (with prior permission) please continue on this page!

Therapy Dogs

A Therapy Dog is commonly owned and handled by a single person who lives separate from the care facilities in which it visits. They are considered personal pets to the handler/owner and have been trained with specific commands to provide comfort and affection to people in long-term care, retirement homes, hospitals, health institutions, schools and other stressful environments such as disaster areas. Handlers of these dogs might be teachers or health care professionals who are members of the staff of a particular facility, or simply volunteers; they often work with their handler during volunteer/work sessions.

 

Therapy Dogs provide people with calming animal contact and sometimes entertainment with tricks and easy-going play. You and your Therapy Dog can join in animal-assisted therapy groups for additional animal-assisted activities. Training classes for you and your dog would be a great start to become a Therapy Dog team. You can then qualify to take the Canine Good Citizen test to earn a CGC certificate. This will give you and your dog everything you need to begin providing an amazing service by visiting facilities to comfort and give companionship to those that love to share in all of the joy a dog can bring. You can also join a Therapy Dog program for further education and experience.    

 

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Therapy Dog Training Package at Better Together (BTTA):

This program is specially catered to help handler/dog teams learn and practice the skills required to take a Therapy Dog Evaluation. You will learn how to read your dog's body language and demonstrate positive interactions with other people.

Prerequisite: Advanced Training or a comparable skill level

Every Therapy Dog Package is customizable depending on you and your dog's experience. To get a cost estimate and time frame, please describe your desires as best you can in a message: 

Expectations:

* Strengthen bond by enhancing communication and reliability between dog/handler team

* Core skills needed to take CGC evaluation and additional Pet Assisted Therapy evaluations

* Help handlers to understand their dog's body language & identify signs of stress

*Work on reactions to distractions

Sample of Basic Starter Program for no experience (Descriptions below in the pet section):

* Puppy or Beginner Training Program (6 weeks- Only for puppies and/or dogs with no training experience)

* Intermediate Training Program (6 weeks)

* Advanced Training Program (6 weeks)

*Therapy Dog Training Program (6 weeks)

* Practice and Preparation for Canine Good Citizen Evaluation

* CGC Evaluation

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Pet Dog Training and Behavior

This 6 week program provides you and your puppy with the fundamental training through bit-by-bit steps to conquer any difficulties with house training, loose leash walking, mouthing, jumping, etc.

 

Introductory Cues Include:

Sit

Wait

Down

Come Here

Stay 

Touch

Socialization with people & other dogs

* (Some additional cues/tricks depending on each individual program catered to your needs)

6 weeks Total 

1 Day per week

 

Each class will be held at the client's home or chosen location (park, field, pet friendly store etc).

A graduation certificate is awarded at the end of the program. 

Prices may vary. Discounts are available for Military Veterans and those that have completed previous training packages offered here.

This 6 week program helps to give your dog a solid foundation of basic cues, behavior modification,  impulse-control exercises for adolescence, and loose leash walking. Untrained adolescent and adult dogs can become easily distracted by their environment, which is why positive reinforcement with reward based training can be so easy, effective, and efficient!

Introductory Cues Include:

Sit

Wait

Down

Come Here

Stay 

Touch

Leave it/Drop it

* (Some additional cues/tricks depending on each individual program catered to your needs). 

6 weeks Total 

1 Day per week

 

Each class will be held at the client's home or chosen location (park, field, pet friendly store etc).

A graduation certificate is awarded at the end of the program. 

Prices may vary. Discounts are available for Military Veterans and those that have completed previous training packages offered here.

This 6 week program is the next step if your dog already knows basic cues but need to practice behaviors with added distractions. This is the program after you have completed the Puppy or Beginner package, and will have more room to cater towards your desires for additional tricks or behavior modification. At the end you will be ready to complete a series of cues with loose leash walking and achieve the same results in situations involving more duration, distance, and distractions.

Cues/Behaviors Include:

Review learned behaviors

Practice behaviors with added distractions

Learn heel, advanced wait, go to bed & much more

Strengthen a positive and reliable bond

 

*(Prerequisite: Puppy Training, Beginner Training or comparable skill level)*

* (Some additional cues/tricks depending on each individual program catered to your needs).* 

6 weeks Total 

1 Day per week

 

Each class will be held at the client's home or chosen location (park, field, pet friendly store etc).

A graduation certificate is awarded at the end of the program.

Prices may vary. Discounts are available for Military Veterans and those that have completed previous training packages offered here.

This 6 week program will strengthen your skills and your dog’s behavior. It is catered to provide quicker and more consistent responses to help enforce reliability. There is more room for added complex behaviors/cues with fewer rewards. Your dog will learn how to problem solve and check in with you. A graduation certificate is awarded at the end of the program.

Cues/Behaviors Include:

Play specialized games to build reliability

Practice behaviors like advanced heel and come for safety 

Increased distractions, duration, and distance

Master additional advanced behaviors & tricks 

Work on supervised separation

*(Prerequisite: Intermediate Training or comparable skill level)

* (Some additional cues/tricks depending on each individual program catered to your needs).

6 weeks Total 

1 Day per week

 

Each class will be held at the client's home or chosen location (park, field, pet friendly store etc).

A graduation certificate is awarded at the end of the program.

Prices may vary. Discounts are available for Military Veterans and those that have completed previous training packages offered here.

This 6 week program teaches mind and body stimulation through fun tricks and cues that help to redirect behaviors and enhance the bond you have. Clicker training is a fantastic skill to learn with your dog to ensure positive reinforcement and help them learn how to LEARN! Teaching the body through manipulation and/or punishment is not instilled as well as teaching the brain how to think and problem solve!

Advanced Cues/Behaviors May Include:

Shake/High Five

Bow

Roll

Turn/Spin

Sit Up

Training Games

Encourages effective communication between dog and handler 

*(Prerequisite: Puppy Training, Beginner Training or comparable skill level)*

* (Some additional cues/tricks depending on each individual program catered to your needs).* 

6 weeks Total 

1 Day per week

Each class will be held at the client's home or chosen location (park, field, pet friendly store etc).

A graduation certificate is awarded at the end of the program.

Prices may vary. Discounts are available for Military Veterans and those that have completed previous training packages offered here.

Booked per hour (or customized to fit your desired time frame), each session will teach new behaviors/cues based on you and your dog’s unique needs. This would be a great option to focus on your dog’s individual needs to help with behaviors such as leash pulling, jumping, barking, dog/human reactivity, high energy, shy/fearful dogs etc. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about dog behavior, stress signs, and focus on specific cues, tricks, and games. (Introductory scent detection training and/or additional dog sports may also be catered towards your interests) 

Individual training sessions are also perfect for irregular schedules or with dogs who need extra attention. Feel free to take as many classes as needed and inquire for a cost estimate on multiple booked sessions!

Each class will be held at the client's home or chosen location (park, field, pet friendly store etc).

A graduation certificate is awarded at the end of the program.

Prices may vary. Discounts are available for Military Veterans and those that have completed previous training packages offered here.

Canine Good Citizen is not only a great option for those aspiring to be a handler/Therapy Dog Team, but also to stress the importance of responsible pet guardianship and basic manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

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Tel. 530.414.6553

Citrus Heights, CA 95610