Certifications

Challenge your dog and yourself to the next level with one of our certification programs. Fun for you and your dog! The K-9 Clinic offers the following certification programs.

A.B.C. (A Behaved Canine)

spot-looksThe ABC (A Behaved Canine) certification is designed to test/evaluate the skills, knowledge, and ability of the owner and their intermediate dog to perform as a team given a series of exercises that relate to everyday situations. During these exercises, the owner must demonstrate and maintain reasonable control of their dog. You must have completed at least two Obedience Series with The K-9 Clinic. Cost is $150 which includes an ABC certificate of completion and a K-9 Clinic jacket with the A.B.C. certified emblem. See calendar for upcoming testing dates.

Iron Dog

The Iron Dog certification is designed to test/evaluate the skills, knowledge, and ability of the owner and their advanced dog to perform as a team given a series of specialized exercises. This certification will test the stamina and endurance of both the handler and the dog. Many of the exercises are performed off-leash and with distraction. During these exercises, the owner must demonstrate and maintain control of their dog. Dogs and handler must have completed the ABC certification. Cost is $75 which includes an Iron Dog certificate of completion and a K-9 Clinic patch to place on your ABC jacket. See calendar for upcoming testing dates.

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Therapy Dog Program

therapy-service-visitOur K-9 Clinic Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort to people in hospitals, convalescent homes, nursing facilities, memory care facilities, children’s after school programs and other institutions. The K-9 Clinic makes regular visits to these facilities. Our therapy dogs must have the right temperament, meaning they must enjoy being touched by strangers and must be obedient under a variety of situations. Prior to enrollment in the Therapy Dog Program, dogs are evaluated for temperment, an assessment of dog handler’s obedience level will be conducted and dog/handler must have completed A.B.C certification. At the end of the five-week Theraphy Dog Program an assessment will be conducted by The K-9 Clinic Trainers. Upon certification of the Therapy Dog Program, each dog/handler will receive a therapy dog vest and an ID card with handler/dog photo. Cost is $525. See calendar for upcoming sessions.