Therapy Dog Prep School

Our Therapy Dog Prep School is a 6-week course that will prepare you and your dog to be a therapy dog team. This class is designed to prepare you for certification testing. We will help you identify the best therapy program for your needs and interests, then guide you through the process. We will offer to test ( for a separate fee) at the end of the course. Our course includes:

  • Instruction and practice with successful therapy dog commands
  • Discussion and practice of techniques for effective interaction between therapy dog and patients
  • Discussion and practice in developing better observation skills to identify signs of stress in dogs
  • Assistance in helping students identify the most appropriate therapy dog programs
  • Role-playing opportunities with a variety of typical therapy dog settings including wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and close proximity to other dogs.
  • a "practice day" doing therapy at a local senior center (field trip)


Therapy prep class

Prep School Details

Our next class starts in January

DAYS AND TIMES: 1st class Jan 18- Feb 22 from 8:30-9:30 am (optional testing on Feb 22)

2nd class Jan 18 -Feb 22 from 9:45-10:45 am (optional testing on Feb 22)

You can sign up for the wait list but please  DO NOT PAY if you are on the wait list.

Optional testing (for a separate fee, on week 6, Sunday).


Camarillo, CA  93010
Look for the Black EZ-up and the VIP Dog Teams Sign (address will be emailed upon sign-ups)

CLASS SIZE:  Class size is limited, so early registration is recommended.  We are unable to add someone to a roster or waitlist until after receipt of registration and payment.  All registrations are based on a First-come, first-served basis.

DOG AGE LIMIT:  Dogs must be at least one year of age to take the test but may start the class after basic training has been completed.

BASIC OBEDIENCE PREREQUISITE:  All canine students are required to have a minimum of one previous dog training class such as Basic Obedience.  Puppy socialization does not count toward this requirement. Passing CGC is preferred.

DOG RECORDS REQUIRED:  Students will be required to submit records of current vaccinations.

INSTRUCTORS:  Fees will be used to subsidize the mission of VIP Dog Teams. Instructors are experienced therapy dog handlers.

Regular fee (one dog per handler) - $149

Student (18 and over) and Senior Citizens - $139

Payment can be made by check (mail to P.O. Box 973, Camarillo, CA 93011) or online (Please note there is a $4 transaction fee for online payment). We will not reserve a spot for you until payment has been received.

WAIT LIST POLICY:  One of the first questions on the registration form is whether you would like to be on the waitlist.  If you reply "Yes," we will contact you if an opening comes up.  We confirm students for each class before the start date.  This enables us to know if we have an opening and to give us time to contact those on the waitlist.  We cannot place you on a waitlist until we have received both the registration form and payment.  Class space is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis after the receipt of payment.

CERTIFICATION:  Completion of this class will not guarantee certification as a therapy dog. This is a Prep Class designed to get you ready for certification and testing. We will offer to test in week 6 (optional and requires an additional fee).

PREP SCHOOL REGISTRATION:  To register for a class, click the button below and complete the registration form.  Upon receipt of this form, we will send your further class instructions. You can pay by mail or online.

Prep School Registration

To register for a class, click the button below and complete the registration form.