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Has anyone in California (preferably Northern- but any starting point would be helpful) trained their dog to be a therapy dog? I'm trying to find a therapy program, so I can at least know what we need to do before joining the program, but I can't seem to find where I should be looking.

Or does anyone know where I can get information about training?

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Kristen
 

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Is this training for Napa? If so, what are your goals or what do you intend Napa to do with this training? I just recently made a decision to take Dakota back into training for his service dog certification. If you pm me, I will share with you what I have found.
 

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I know you mentioned earlier that you are maybe going into teaching. My daughter took her dog through therapy training and used her dog in her class. The children loved to read to him and then they would write stories about him. There are many ways to use therapy animals...good luck :p :p :p
 

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I forgot about that! Yes, I do want to be a teacher.

Napa's personality and eagerness to meet people is just amazing. You should have seen him last night at his first puppy class! Definitely the star of the class! But in any case, I just know his personality will do just wonders as a therapy dog. It is what he was breed to do!
 
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I want Maya to get to be a therapy dog too. I know that first she needs to pass her canine good citizen class. We are a long way off from that but she is only 5 mos so we have time. After that I don't know what she has to do but I figure I will cross that bridge when we get to it. good luck with Napa. Maya is mostly class clown in her puppy class but when we are away from class she can do all that she was taught!!!
 

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I used to live in northern California and occasionally read the newspaper from there online. I came across this fascinating article about therapy dogs that are trained to detect drops in blood sugar levels for type I diabetics. It is still in development but I thought I'd share the link as it's interesting to read about. Dogs are absolutely amazing!

http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_6977430?nclick_check=1
 
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