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August 25, 2017

Ocean County College is Going to the Dogs!!

Ocean County College’s Department of Continuing & Professional Education, in partnership with Compassionate Canine Training, is offering Pet Therapy Preparation and Certification. The need for certified teams in Ocean County is far beyond the number of dogs being trained! This new hands-on training course is geared for dog/handler teams (owner/pet) and will help meet that need.

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

In Pet Therapy Preparation and 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, as a Therapy Dog Team, to volunteer with Caregiver Canines® and perform home visits to the local senior community as well as hospitals, assisted living facilities, schools, and businesses that allow pet therapy visitations.

Classes meet on Saturdays, September 16 to October 7 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., plus the certification evaluation will be scheduled for Saturday, October 14.

To register, call the Ocean County College Department of Continuing & Professional Education at 732-255-0404 or visit (type in keyword “Pet Therapy” or course title “Pet Therapy Preparation and Certification”).

About Compassionate Canine Training:

Dog trainer Kelly M. Keeney is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI). She provides effective, fun, healthy, and positive YES-based training for pets and their family.

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.