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January 26, 2018

Who Let The Dogs In? Ocean County College That’s Who!

Ocean County College’s Department of Continuing & Professional Education, in partnership with Caregiver Canines® and Compassionate Canine Training LLC, is offering Pet Therapy Preparation & Certification. This hands-on training course is geared for dog/handler teams (owner/pet).

Pet therapy visits enrich lives, encourage personal connections, and provides the dogs with an opportunity to use interactive skills that help keep them mentally and physically fit.

In Pet Therapy Preparation & Certification, you and your pet will receive hands-on training so you are both ready to be tested/certified as a Therapy Dog Team and be able to go out and visit people in need. NOTE: Dogs do NOT need to be “perfect” but should like meeting new people and have a basis in obedience (sit, stay, come, down, and loose leash walking).

This certification allows you and your dog to volunteer with Caregiver Canines® and perform home visits in the local senior community as well as independently visit any hospital, assisted living facility, school, or business that allows pet therapy visitations.

Classes meet from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Section One: Sat, Feb 3 to Mar 3 (Certification Evaluation: Sat, Mar 10)

Section Two: Sat, Apr 7 to Apr 28 (Certification Evaluation: Sat, May 5)

To register, call the Ocean County College Department of Continuing & Professional Education at 732-255-0404 or visit (Click Register Now)

About Caregiver Canines®: This local non-profit provides joy and companionship to the elderly and homebound by bringing canine therapy teams directly to them in the comfort of their own homes.

About Compassionate Canine Training LLC: Dog trainer Kelly Keeney is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). She provides effective, positive YES-based training for pets and their families.