Training "Both Ends of the Leash"


"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."




If you feel that you and your companion animal may be interested in becoming a volunteer visiting team with Mid South Therapy Dogs & Friends, the first step is for you to read thoroughly this document about the requirements and process to qualify for this very unique kind of volunteering.

Once you have read and considered this information, make a list of your questions and then call or email us. We would like to hear from you and discuss the training and time commitments, answer all your questions about the process, and help you determine whether this is a kind of volunteering that you and your animal will enjoy before you invest in becoming trained, registered and insured. Please recognize that if your animal does not love this idea as much as you do, you will never find it to be rewarding - you are choosing it, but your animal is being drafted!

Introductory Seminar
See firsthand why we believe that ... "NOT ALL MEDICINE COMES IN A BOTTLE"

Do you and your animal have - THE RIGHT STUFF - to become a therapy team ... this seminar identifies the desirable characteristics that make an animal/handler successful as a therapy team. This 60 minute presentation is an overview of therapy handler/animal work and is designed for the potential handler. You will learn about becoming a registered therapy team. If you are interested in giving back to your community and taking the beautiful bond you have with your animal to an entirely different level, you should definitely come to the Introductory Seminar.

Animals do not attend.

Location: TBD

Fee: $30.00
Date: TBD
Deadline: TBD

Introductory Seminar Registration Form

Print out the form and send it along with your fee to register for the seminar. We do not have online payment.
Seminar is required for membership in Mid South Therapy Dogs & Friends and for attending the Therapy Team Training Workshop.
Pre-register to reserve a seat!

Obedience Class
Required Classes are Therapy Dog 1 Contact Dog Woods for more information 386-9900
In order to be eligible for Team Training Workshop, a dog should be mature and have a stable, friendly temperament; dogs that show any type of aggression will not be allowed into the class. The Team Training Workshop is open to dogs that have completed an Obedience Class and have their CGC Certificate. (See Below)

If you think your dog has the right stuff, but needs a little work first, contact a dog trainer. Be sure to ask about their experience in animal-assisted work. Be cautious about taking classes from someone who has never worked with therapy animals, and is not extremely familiar with therapy training and the specifics of what is required of not only your animal but of YOU - as the handler. Remember, this is not just about your dog. You are a Therapy Team!

Dog Woods Training Center
3041 N. Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title Testing

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title Testing is required before attending the Therapy Team Training Workshop. Dogs who have previously earned their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title must provide a copy to the registrar. However, dogs may be asked to repeat/update the title.
Dog Woods offers CGC prep classes. Call 386-9900 for more information.

Dog Woods Training Center
3041 N. Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133

Testing Date: TBD
Registration Deadline:
CGC Testing Fee: $30

Pre registration required

CGC Registration Form

Therapy Team Training Workshop (Four Sessions) FULL
Workshop Dates: October 4, 17, 24, 31
Registration Deadline:

Team Training Workshop

Our therapy animals deserve a trained, skilled and devoted handler

The Team Training Workshop combines lecture, discussion and role playing. It covers the fundamental information needed to succeed as a Therapy Team.  Learn the skills needed to visit safely with your animal in various settings. Learn what is needed for you and your animal to pass the Therapy Team Evaluation.
Through this lecture, group discussion and role playing, you will discover how to interact effectively with clients and keep your animal safe in various environments. The workshop is taught by experienced, licensed Intermountain Therapy Animals - ITA - Instructors and Evaluators.

Goals of our workshop:
Provide you with the knowledge you need to visit as a skilled handler
Learn what is needed to successfully pass the Therapy Team Evaluation/Screening
Begin a Personal Action Plan for success.

(First Session of Therapy Team Training Workshop - NO ANIMALS ATTEND)

Dates & Details

October 4, 2015
Time: 1:00-3:30pm
Workshop Location:
To Be Determined

Dates & Details

October 17, 24, 31
Time: 1:30-2:30
Workshop Location:
Dog Woods Training Center






Workshop Location: ANIMALS ATTEND
Dog Woods Training Center
3041 N. Germantown Road
Bartlett, TN 38133

Workshop (Each training date & session covers different subject material)
PROOF OF RABIES REQUIRED  Tags are not acceptable
Team Training Workshop Fee: $240 (Includes: manual, training, evaluation)

Additional Handler/same dog -- course fee $100
Volunteers without animals: Contact Us

Pre-Registration Required

Therapy Team Training Workshop Registration Form

Therapy Team Refresher Class

Handlers who are due for renewal testing often feel anxious about going through the test again. Even teams who visit regularly can benefit from reminders of key handling skills. The handlers will also be updated on the latest policies and procedures. In this one-hour course you will learn how to build upon the skills you already have with your therapy animal to feel confident going into the Evaluaton. The course is taught by licensed Instructors.

Location: Dog Woods
Class Date: TBD
Time: 12:00
Registration Deadline: Members Only
FEE: No Charge

Refresher Registration Form
Pre-registration required/Handler Only

Team Evaluation