Would you like to become a certified therapy dog handler, registered with a nationally recognized agency, bringing joy, smiles and comfort to people in different types of settings? In this 4-hour, adult, non-credit college class, you will meet a certified therapy dog and handler that will show you how to pass the therapy dog handler written and behavioral tests at the least cost and quickest way. Course provides a list of facilities using therapy dog services in your area, leading certifying agencies, dog training tips and resources, comprehensive explanation of the certifying process, and on-going post-class support. We combine group discussions, lecture, demonstrations and videos of therapy dog evaluations used by different registering agencies. A comprehensive therapy handler resource guide with over 80 valuable website links is included in the course fee. Instructor Richard Katz has provided therapy dog services in a variety of settings including UCLA Health System, United Airlines, dependency rehabilitation residents and disaster relief situations .He holds a BS degree from UCLA and a Masters of Arts degree from University of Minnesota. Please do not bring your dog to classwork toward your therapy dog certification. We combine group discussions, lecture, demonstrations and videos of therapy dog evaluations used by different registering agencies. A comprehensive therapy handler resources guide with over 50 valuable website links in included in the course fee. Note: Please do not bring your dog to class.
Instructor Richard Katz. Richard Katz is Executive Director of Pet Therapy Advisers, a California non-profit corporation located in Los Angeles. After retiring from a 35 year Human Resources career, he pioneered and implemented therapy dog handler courses taught at selected community colleges. Richard and his standard poodle, Rudy, are certified to provide therapy services for disaster relief, having obtained the highest “complex” rating from Pet Partners. The team has provided therapy dog services for a variety of facilities including the UCLA Health System, Los Angeles Airport, and dependency rehabilitation agencies. Richard holds a B.A. in Business Administration from UCLA and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.