Therapy Dog Training

in NH, ME & VT

Our Therapy Dog Training Promise
Training a therapy dog is an enjoyable experience with College for Pets. We work closely with you from start to finish to make sure that you and your new partner kindle the best relationship possible.

MIKE ROBERTSON, OWNER

Therapy Dog Training

Your dog will learn the following items in preparation for the Therapy Dog test:

  • Go to a specific place and remain there
  • Ignore food and toy distractions
  • Tolerate: yelling, hugging, staggering people and petting
  • Not to jump on people
  • Demonstrate ease around wheelchairs and other medical equipment
  • And more

Therapy dogs provide comfort, happiness and healing to children and adults. A wet nose and a furry head can brighten a person’s day.

A Therapy Dog is trained to provide affection and comfort to people in need. They work in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, mental institutions and schools.

Therapy dog training begins with the Canine Good Citizen certificate. Once your dog has earned his CGC certificate, therapy dogs are then trained on the specific requirements for the Therapy Dog Test.

Helping Paws

Helping Paws is a pet therapy group run by White Mountain College for Pets. Any certified alumni of our Therapy Dog program is eligible to join. We arrange visits with local facilities and provide continuing training opportunities to our members.

Contact us if interested in joining.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

The 10 items your dog will learn:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger 
  • Sitting politely for petting
  • Appearance and grooming 
  • Walking on a loose lead 
  • Walking through a crowd 
  • Sit and Down on command and Staying in place 
  • Coming when called
  • Reaction to another dog
  • Reaction to distraction
  • Supervised separation

The Canine Good Citizen training was started in 1989 by the American Kennel Club. CGC is a certification program designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.


The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners. It focuses on developing good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test will receive an official certificate from the American Kennel Club.

White Mountain College for Pets takes the CGC skills to a higher level by incorporating walks on a busy town sidewalk.

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Therapy Dog Questions and Answers
Does my dog have to take the class to receive the Canine Good Citizen certificate required for therapy dogs?

If your dog already possesses the 10 skills covered in the Canine Good Citizen Class, then no, they need not attend. We can administer the CGC test at any time.

Can my dog participate in the Helping Paws Program?

Any certified alumni of our Therapy Dog program is eligible to join. We arrange visits with local facilities and provide continuing training opportunities to our members.

Serving New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont
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