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K9 Home Schooling has been preparing humans and their canine companions for Therapy Dog work since 1999.   

Our specialized programs prepare teams for Therapy Dog Work in:  

Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) 
Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) 
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) 
Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT). 

For students who prefer one-on-one training, we offer Private Coaching and Training Packages.  When we work with students one-on-one we start with an initial assessment to review your dogs current level of training and to assess their temperament.   For dogs who meet our criteria, we develop an individualized training plan which can include: 

  • community outings (malls, parks, medical facilities) 
  • obedience and skill training
  • integration into the workplace 
  • problem solving and assessment 
  • staff training
We offer Training Packages to meet each students individual needs. 

For students who want to train in a group setting, we offer Therapy Dog Prep School,  a 6 week class for dogs over 6 months of age who've completed our Level 1 Obedience Class (we do not accept transfer students from other programs).   For upcoming classes check our Class Schedule.  

Our training programs are not designed nor required to certify dogs, but rather to give both handler and dog the tools to become effective therapy teams and to be better prepared for tests conducted by various Therapy Dog Organizations.   

Our instructor, Michelle McCarthy is a nationally recognized Certified Therapy Animal Consultant and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She has years of experience working as a Therapy Dog Handler in the community. Michelle worked with staff members to develop and launch a Therapy Dog Program at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital called Paws-itive Comfort. She coordinated and launched R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) Programs at the Ann Arbor and Chelsea District Libraries as well as various Elementary Schools. Michelle works as a Training Consultant and Tester for various Service Dog and Therapy Dog Organizations. She works closely with medical professionals and educators who utilize a Therapy Dog at  their work place.  Michelle has trained and placed Therapy Dogs in medical facilities and private practices around the US.    

**K9 Home Schooling does not train or certify Service Dogs, we can refer you to a reputable Service Dog Program**