Therapy Dog Classes in Springfield, MO

 Therapy Dog Training

Dogs With a Job

This is an 8-week course in which each class is about 1.5 hours long. We will teach you valuable behaviors that are used in Animal-Assisted Therapy, and get practice in the field. Weeks 1-4 we will meet at Precious K9s, and Weeks 5-8 we will meet at different Compassus facilities.

Give us a call to make sure you qualify for this course due to previous training, and to schedule a one-on-one evaluation. Evaluations are $50 and will be applied to any PK9s course cost when it is decided which course is the right starting point for your team

The Therapy Class will be $275 for the 8-week session, and you do have to pre-pay to hold your spot!

Become a Precious K9s Therapy Team Member

Possible therapy certification options will be discussed in your 8-week class. 

Precious K9s Therapy Teams

Mission Statement

Precious K9s Therapy is a company that is focused on the well-being of our four-legged family members while visiting people that can benefit from the therapeutic effect dogs can have on us.

This is a group of individuals dedicated to making a difference with their best friend by their side. We visit a variety of places such as, but not limited to, hospice facilities, retirement homes, youth outreach centers, hospitals, courtrooms, victim advocacy centers, schools, and workplaces.

Each team has different specialties; therefore, each has different services to offer. These include, but are not limited to, animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy. We will strive to help all involved in our visits to be comfortable and help them to enjoy the rest of their day with a smile.

Precious K9s Therapy Teams Vision Statement

We are K9 Therapy Teams that learn from each other and stand by each other while creating a positive and comfortable environment for handlers, dogs, and the people that are impacted by us and our four-legged family members.

What are Animal-Assisted Interventions?

Animal-assisted interventions are goal-oriented and structured interventions that intentionally incorporate animals in health, education, and human service for the purpose of therapeutic gains and improved health and wellness.

Animal-assisted interventions provide opportunities for motivational, educational, and recreational benefits to enhance quality of life.  These activities are delivered in a variety of environments by a specially trained professional, paraprofessional and/or volunteer in association with animals that meet specific criteria.

It can also be a more formal process:

  1. If overseen by a health and human service provider as part of his or her profession. This person might be a physician, occupational therapist, physical therapist, certified therapeutic recreation specialist, teacher, nurse, social worker, speech therapist, or mental health professional.
  2. If the professional must incorporate the animal as part of his or her own specialty; for example, a social worker must incorporate the animal in the context of social work.
  3. If it is goal-directed and there’s a specific end in mind, such as improvement in social skills or range of motion.
  4. If it is documented.  Each session is documented in the client’s record, with the activity and progress noted by the professional.
Benefits of Membership With Precious K9s Therapy Teams.

Benefits of a Certification With Precious K9s Therapy Teams:

  • Access to Carrie Galvan, CBCC-KA, for basic therapy questions and mentorship after your class is completed.
  • Information about places that have been visited by Precious K9s Therapy Teams and visit opportunities that are available.
  • Advice on entering a new facility to establish a rapport with the Activities Director and/or contact person.
  • Documentation showing certification as a Precious K9s Therapy Team.
  • Opportunities to participate with Precious K9s at group public events.
  • Guest speaker events (to attend or be a speaker).
  • Discounted rate when repeating the “Dogs With a Job” course.
  • A support system that can help you move forward in your goals as a therapy team. 
  • Each member receives:
  • Team ID badge (member pays for replacement if lost).
  • Precious K9s dog ID tag.
  • Secret Therapy Facebook group

Precious K9s in Your Facility

“Research shows that positive interactions with animals increase endorphins, oxytocin, prolactin, and dopamine. These are the hormones associated with blood pressure regulation, pain relief, stress relief, and joy.  Visits from therapy animal teams can normalize stays away from home for hospital patients, improve motivation to participate in treatment protocols, and lessen worry, anxiety, unhappiness, and pain.” (Pet Partners 2019)

Know the answer to the following questions and then contact us to find the Therapy Team for you!
  1. Why do you want to have therapy teams visit your facility?
  2. Do you have specific goals in mind?
  3. Who is the person in charge of your new program?
  4. Do you have scheduled times lined out where the contact person can supervise the visits?
  5. What are your guidelines for each team that visits?
  6. What are your requirements for teams visiting your facility?
  7. Do you have any unique needs in your facility?
  8. Is there a designated area for the dogs to use the restroom or take breaks if needed?
  9. Are there any residents in your facility that would prefer the teams not visit them?


Notes About Therapy Teams

  1. Each Precious K9s Team has passed an eight-week course in which the dog’s behavior has been observed in many different situations. There is a four-week handling and dog behavior section and a four-week on-site section of the class.
  2. The handling and dog behavior section gives the teams the chance to work toward better dog handling skills and understand their dog’s comfort level. This teaches them to always be an advocate for their dog and gives them the know-how to keep their dog happy and safe at all times. 
  3. The on-site portion of the class has allowed teams to learn positive and professional ways to handle many new situations. Each application is reviewed, and the dog and the handler have to pass all sections to be approved as a Precious K9s Therapy Team.  Teams must always have clear identification so there is no confusion why they are in your facility.