Popularity of dog therapy training leads to additional section of class.

Due to popular demand, Seminole State College will be offering another section of therapy dog training this Spring. The newly-added class will be held on Monday afternoons beginning Feb. 3.

The program will be taught by Elizabeth Maupin for five weeks, concluding on March 10, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Enoch Kelly Haney Center Bay.

According to Business and Industry Training Coordinator Carol Hartman, therapy dog training is the most rewarding work that can be done with a dog.” It affords both you and your dog an opportunity to share your love with the people in the community who need it most,” Hartman said.

She said, “A therapy dog requires different training than a service dog for the disabled. A therapy dog’s goal is to offer comfort and companionship to patients in hospitals, nursing homes and mental centers. They are also able to visit libraries and schools to ‘listen’ to young children read. In addition to basic obedience training, therapy dogs need special training.”

In order to participate in the training, dogs must meet the requirements of having an even temperament and be eager and willing to meet new people, be at least one year old, be up-to-date on all vaccinations, and have basic manners.

Cost of the course is $49 per student. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 3.

For additional information about the course, contact Hartman at (405) 382-9246.