Training Classes


Class Description

Wilmington Kennel Club – Delaware

Wilmington Kennel Club in Wilmington, DE offers a variety of training classes for puppies to adult dogs – there is something for everyone.  They now offer a Pet Therapy Mini-Course: evening or daytime class available.  Other classes include: Puppy Manners Levels 1 & 2; Family Pet Manners; Beginners Obedience; Scent Work; Rally Beginners; Competition Show Handling, and Pet Therapy.

The classes are taught by Joanne Silver of Silvercreek Chesapeakes

Contact Joanne at:
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Phone:  302-368-6448

Therapy Dog/Advanced Basics Classes – New Jersey

Sit and Stay Dog Training offers Therapy Dog/Advanced Basics classes in Hoboken, NJ and Nutley, NJ.

The classes are taught by Joana Watsky who has been a Dog Trainer, Behavioral Counselor and Therapy Dog evaluator/volunteer since 1993. 
Joana’s classes utilize positive reward-based methods.

Contact Joana at:
Phone: 201-933-3369

Therapy Dog & CGC Classes – New Jersey

 Make Sit Happen, LLC
Ongoing all year round in Hillsborough, NJ!

This is a 5 week class of instruction that will help you prepare you and your dog to take both the Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dog test and the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.

This class assumes that you already have achieved a certain amount of reliability with the Basic Obedience commands of ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘stay or wait’, ‘come’, walking with out pulling on the leash, and ‘leave it’.

We will improve your dog’s skills with those Basic commands.  We do not teach Basic commands in this class; however, we help you improve upon what your dog already knows.  We will expose you and your dog to wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, different people, noises, etc.

We also explain what you can expect on Therapy Visits, how to get started, what the ‘rules’ and considerations are, and anything else you can think to ask! The tests will be given on week 5 – and the test date will be determined with class participants before scheduling, should you feel you need more time to practice.

Contact Gail Kulur:  email: Gail@ or or call 908-359-9228.

Website: for more information and to get started right away!

Get your dog off the couch and participate!!!

Best Paws Forward Dog Training – Ohio

Best Paws Forward
744 Ryan Road
Medina, OH 44256

Best Paws Forward is dedicated to providing the entire family a positive dog training experience. Regardless of your area of interest, we have a program for you. We offer a wide selection of courses ranging from Basic Obedience to Therapy and Disaster Relief Therapy to K-9 Search and Rescue.  And if you think you and your four-legged friend may need extra help, ask about our FREE class repeat policy.

For your 4H, Boy Scout, Girl Scout or other group needs, we will be happy to provide a free demonstration on Dog Training. We also offer special group rates for 4H projects, etc. for Obedience Training, Agility, and Rally-O, or we can custom design a program to suit your needs and meet your time schedules. If you have a special needs dog or specific concerns and issues with your dog, we offer private lessons both in home and on-site, just call or email and ask!

So if you are looking for a family friendly environment to learn WITH your dog, you have come to the right place. Spend a little time with us here today and contact us with any questions. We are always here for you 24/7.

Contact: Marty Warchola
Phone: 330-275-DOGS (3647)

Ongoing Therapy/CGC Training and Testing – New Jersey

Canines Can Do, LLC
Ridgewood and Hawthorne, NJ

Evaluator: Dorice Stancher, MBA, CPDT-KA, CTDI

Instructor has 18 years of experience.

We offer group classes for humans and their dogs to prepare them for the test and visits with various patient populations, promoting best practices. Our classes are also beneficial to those already certified, as we discuss the role of pet therapist in both short term and purpose-driven Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT).

Optional Therapy Dog Test given on the last day of class for an additional fee.

Phone: 201-323-2514

Dorice has led the Camp Dream Street Therapy Dog Team (a program of the Columbia University and Hackensack University Medical Center) for 17 years.

Epps Dog Training – New Jersey & New York

Private, in home, sessions serving Wantage, NJ and Branchville, NJ (Sussex County) and surrounding areas of Northern New Jersey as well as Orange County in New York State.

We will come to your home and deal with ANY of your dogs issues including:
Leash Walking, Excessive Barking, Jumping, Separation Anxiety, Potty Training, Aggression (People or Other Dogs), Mouthing and Nipping, Fearful Anxiety, Crate Training, Puppy Manners, Basic Obedience, Behavior Modification, Extremely Excitable Dogs and more!!!!

Group classes held in Wantage, New Jersey (Sussex County) and Branchville, New Jersey (Sussex County)
New Milford-Warwick, New York

Class Descriptions:

Puppy Playtime/Trick Class: For all breeds/Ages 3 months to 2 years or any dogs who have been “Grandfathered in”. Teach your pups fun tricks to perform….then let them off leash to play and socialize with other pups. It is imperative that dogs learn proper manners around other dogs at an early age. This can be helpful as they grow and encounter strange dogs. Pups that have displayed aggression towards other dogs are kindly asked to set up a private appointment with me and not take this class.

Puppy Class/Basic Obedience 101: For all breeds/Ages 3 months to 2 years. Instruction on housebreaking and crate training, the importance of socialization, dealing with unwanted puppy behaviors such as jumping, chewing & nipping, and introduction to simple commands such as come, sit, stay, leash manners and much more!

Come to me and Walk this way: For all breeds/ Ages 6 months and up. The next level for dogs that have taken puppy classes or basic obedience 101. We will continue education for your dogs by fine tuning already known skills and master two things that each dog owner needs most! Recall, the “come” or “here” command will be our focus in distracted environments. This could save their lives someday. We will also master walking on leash around distractions and other dogs, get your walking partner under control.

Agility 1: Beginner: Intro to jumps, weave poles, tunnels, tire, and more!

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC): This class will prep your dogs and help them to pass the CGC test. It will include walking your dog through crowds, sit/down/and stay on your command, accepting friendly strangers (people and other dogs). We will teach your dog to sit while being petted by a stranger. Come when called. How to react when you walk away from them. We will make your dog a model citizen, and help them to earn a “CGC” title awarded from The American Kennel Club (AKC).

AKC Community Canine ( Advanced Canine Good Citizen): This class is for dogs who have passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program. The dogs that pass the Community Test will earn a “CGCA” title. This class prepares your dog to perform for you in real situations like classes and your community with real distractions. They are taught to focus on you no matter what is going on around them.

Therapy Dog Preparation Class: This class is strictly geared toward teaching your dog the skills they will need to pass a Therapy Dog Test. They will need to show obedience towards their handlers commands, no aggression towards other prospective therapy dogs or people, and calmness in a simulated hospital setting. Specific drills and socialization will be exercised in each session. Once they are ready to be tested, the dog must be 1 year of age and must have lived with their handler for at least 6 months.

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Questions? Call James Lee Epperly at 973-903-8557

WhiteHaven Canine Evaluators – Texas

Ongoing CGC/ESA/Therapy Training and Testing:

Ongoing year round in Waco, Texas area, led by Alan White

Class Description:

Therapy Dog Preparation Class: This class is strictly geared toward teaching your dog the skills they will need to pass a Therapy Dog Test. They will need to show obedience towards their handler’s commands, no aggression towards other prospective therapy dogs or people, and calmness in a simulated hospital setting. Specific drills and socialization will be exercised in each session. Once they are ready to be tested, the dog must be 1 year of age and must have lived with their handler for at least 6 months.  Dog will go through actual Therapy Dog visits with the trainer for their first ten (10) visits to prepare them and show them the proper visitation procedures.


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Therapy Dog Training  – California

Therapy Dog Training Classes – for Fall 2023

Classes in Yorba Linda, CA led by Wendy Bailey

Class Description:

Prepare your dog to provide comfort and support to people in hospitals, schools, or nursing homes through therapy dog work. Class consists of intermediate commands: sit-stay with duration, distance and distractions, recall, leave it, heeling and exposure to medical equipment. Therapy Dog test given on week 6.  Dogs must be at least one year old and have full vaccines.  Separate fee for therapy dog certification.

Enroll through Yorba Linda Park & Recreation Department. Contact Wendy at for more information.


The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.


The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) all volunteer organization. We do not accept monetary compensation for our visitation. Testing fees and membership fees are donations and are tax deductible.

Contact Us

80 Powder Mill Road, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Phone: (973)292-3316
Toll-Free (888) 738-5770
Fax: (973)292-9559