Therapy dog practice assessment and training guide

Preparing your dog for therapy work and not sure of the skills required? Want to practice a behaviour assessment before the real thing? Or simply keen to give your dog the best start to their training? This guide is for you.

Begin by working through a practice therapy dog assessment which will give you a really clear idea of any development areas. Then head over to the accompanying training guide to start your training plan based on your dog’s current skill level.


Therapy dog practical assessment and training guide

This 35-page guide, complete with images to support you with your training, has been developed to help prepare you and your dog for therapy work. Begin by working through the therapy dog behaviour assessment with your dog to highlight any areas for development, before progressing into the individual exercises. For each of the skills contained within the assessment, you will find an accompanying training guide which explains how to start teaching the skill.

All training uses kind, fair, reward based methods.

Full contents

1Therapy dog practical assessment and training guide

  • Therapy dog behaviour assessment template

  • Reward based training

  • Training your dog; top tips

  • Forming behaviours

  • Foundation exercises

  • Teaching the behaviours

  • Preventing behaviours

  • Accessing the guides

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    About the author

    Kate Soames is a fully assessed and qualified member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and holds a L6 Graduate Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour. She regularly engages in continuing professional development to ensure that the knowledge she holds is the most relevant and up to date, as well as challenging pre-existing ideas to constantly evolve and adapt her skills. 

    Kate has been training dogs her whole life and first became interested in therapy work when her grandfather was diagnosed with dementia in 2013. Following on from this, Kate experienced first hand the benefits that dogs have on people in the office environment, and in 2020, she established Moment to Paws to help reduce stress and aid mental health within the workplace. 

    Through her work, Kate has consulted extensively with organisations, schools, care homes and other professionals to develop a thorough understanding of the intricacies surrounding therapy dog work, with a particular focus on canine welfare. 

    Based on her experience, there is a distinct lack of clear guidance available for people in the UK who are interested in dog therapy. It is therefore Kate’s aim to distill all the information she has garnered into a concise and actionable guide to give more people the confidence they need to engage in this life-changing work.  

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