Wisconsin Rapids Kennel Club has offered Therapy Dog classes for approximately 5 years. We spend time assessing the dog’s ability to work with patients in hospitals and nursing homes. Therapy Dogs are out in the community reading with children who need to improve their reading skills. Therapy dogs are much less intimidating and certainly more fun to curl up while reading. They are out visiting in the nursing homes where the elderly and disabled patients have an opportunity to pet the dogs and most importantly talk about the dogs they have had in the past. We are currently working with hospice to get the ok to visit terminally ill patients and developmentally disabled persons in group homes etc.
Therapy Dog classes are offered in a 6 week format, the dogs must be one year of age and actively participated in at least one obedience class. Upon completion of the classes we attempt to schedule a testing date with a Therapy Dog International representative at our WRKC site.
Please check the current class schedule for class dates and times.