Training / Volunteering
NYC DOE Certification
Good Dog’s DOE Preparation & Certification course, custom-developed for the DOE Comfort Dog program, teaches a human handler and their dog how to be a team in a professional setting (a school), providing Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) for education and counseling purposes. Included in the course are:
Six hours of required training, consisting of 2-hour classes held once a week over a three week period during school hours. Missing a class is not permitted.
Post-session trainer notes, customized for you and your dog to practice between each training class.
A shadow visit / individualized practicum counsel via Zoom.
Exercises Worked on In Good Dog’s DOE Preparation & Certification Include:
Managing the dog’s interactions with students and working with students who might be wary of dogs.
Testing the dogs to ensure they will be able to comfortably and happily handle the unpredictability of
children in a school setting, and working to desensitize and counter-condition them when necessary.
Bonus Opportunity (No Additional Cost)
By taking this course, you and your dog can be designated a Certified Good Dog Volunteer Team. This lets you volunteer to help a wide variety of people: patients in hospitals, residents of long-term care facilities, at-risk youth, veterans with PTSD, kids in reading programs, etc. Good Dog schedules volunteer work per your avail-ability and location and provides liability insurance.
To Be a Candidate for this Program
Have mastered basic obedience skills, including Sit, Stay, Down, and Leave It.
Be at least one year old and have lived with their current owner for at least 4 months.
Lack of house training skills
Medical concerns (advanced age, fatigue, stiffness, excessive panting, signs of discomfort, etc.)
Unwillingness to follow policies and procedures established by your school or by Good Dog’s partner facilities (if you are opting also to be a Good Dog volunteer)
Complete an online application. See below, but please review all information here before you apply.
Your application will be reviewed by a Good Dog trainer. If accepted, you and your dog will be invited for an in-person evaluation.
During the evaluation, the trainer will observe your dog’s obedience skills, temperament, sociability with humans and other dogs, as well as its relationship with you.
After the evaluation, our trainer will determine if you and your dog are appropriate candidates for our DOE Preparation & Certification course.
$ 0 Online application
$20 Pre-Class In-Person Evaluation
$475 Good Dog Certification Course and Practicum
$125 Annual Re-Evaluation and Re-Certification, with correctives, as needed
We welcome an application from you and your dog.