Completion of program administrative requirements alongside the program application form. You will be contacted about your dog (Watch My 6 does not provide dogs, we do not have a kenneling or breeding program) We will then arrange an assessment day/evening to meet with you and your pup to see if your "team" would match with our program
Consultation/Assessment with an Watch My 6 trainer to discuss pairing with a Therapy Dog - topics include:
Costs that are covered by the program;
Canine care and the responsibility of the handler in the program;
Training , certification and recertification;
Criteria for a dog that a hander may bring into the program;
Insurance, both liability and pet health;
Media and public relations(if agreeable),;
Difficulties encountered in training;
What users can do if they are denied access to training or full certification,.
The team will also be assessed that they do in fact have a bond , the dog is keen to please and learn and shows no aggression .
Teams are entered into a 6 week "Introduction to Therapy Dog Training Program" . In this time trainers want to see that teams are taking selection seriously. They must attend 75%+ of classes in order to go forward as well as trainers must see homework is being done. In 6 weeks if homework is done daily it will be visible in the dog. The cost to this program is $150 as it is a very structured obedience course and not all dogs go forward.
If we do not see progress or commitment from the teams during this time unfortunately they are not welcomed to continue into stage 4
Users are part of a 52-week Therapy Dog progression period mentored by Watch My 6 trainers. This is done 1 hour a week weekly for the entire year. This is the time we work step by step through the same Public Access Test our Service Dogs work towards, as well we will specialize in specific needs and items special to the therapy program. Weekly training after the first 6 weeks is also FREE thanks to our amazing volunteers!
This is also the time pups are eligible to wear our BLUE Therapy Dog VEST! The cost of this portion is $200 and this is the official welcome into our Program.
End-users are certified for a period of 1 year, Watch My 6 follows the set standards for Certification from the Canadian Service Dog Trainers Association this is the same test our Service Dogs complete so we are keeping this standard through all our programs. The cost for your final exam is $100. Follow ups/re-certifications are done annually $40. We do this to insure the dog is still healthy enough to continue with Therapy Dog work and that no issues have come up .
Handlers are then welcome to join the Trainer Mentorship program to become Professional Pet Dog Trainers, to be able to pass along knowledge and train the future generations of Therapy Dogs.
Currently we are only taking 4-6 applicants every 6 months. Sept 2020, March 2021 & Sept 2021 will be our next intakes
Due to the high volume of requests we have a wait list but we encourage you to apply and we will get back to you as quickly as we can