Dog Therapy Training & Certification

AKC Canine Good Citizen Classes

Welcome to Courteous Canine, where we are committed to providing you with the best service dog training. When you join our service dog training, it’s all about positive reinforcement. Our staff absolutely loves and understands dogs, which makes us a great choice when looking for pet therapy and service dog training in Tampa. We offer pet therapy and service dog training classes to help ensure that your dog is better prepared to take the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test.

What is a therapy dog?
Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their parents to volunteer their time in various settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. Therapy dogs and their parents work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.

AKC Canine Good Citizen and Part 1 Pet Therapy Prep

This group class prepares dog and handler teams for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test which is administered at the last class. However, this class also starts teams interested in pet therapy. Dogs will learn ideal walk-bys with other dogs, wheel chairs, walkers and other unique situations. Please note that completing this class does not automatically mean you pass the CGC test, our testers will abide by AKC rules for testing. Every dog is an individual, so depending on the dog this class may need to be repeated. This group class is for dogs that are free of reactivity toward humans and other dogs.

This class is 8-weeks long and provided in a group setting of up to six dogs.


Advanced CGC and Pet Therapy Prep Part 2

Prerequisite: Canine Good Citizen Class Pet Therapy Part 1

Would You and Your Dog Enjoy Helping Others with Special Needs? Come join Courteous Canine, Inc. to become a volunteer doing Animal-Assisted Interactions in your community. This 8-week one hour session program, teaches participants important pet therapy concepts along side of prepping teams for the AKC Advanced Canine Good Citizen program, including seven weeks of prep and the Advanced CGC test on week 8. Teams graduating from this program will be put in touch with pet therapy organizations to be tested and officially licensed for Pet Therapy. There is no fee associated with being tested– but some programs require an online class. All organizations for pet therapy certification will require a annual membership fee to cover the cost of insuring teams.


We took our dog here for Puppy Kindergarten… She enjoyed it so much we brought her back for the Canine Good Citizen certification training. Sadly, she is no longer with us. But when we were ready to get another dog we knew we would take them to Courteous Canine! We took our new dog to Puppy Kindergarten in 2012 and we also did one of their specialty classes, Really Reliable Coming When Called. The facility is clean and air conditioned. The classes are small enough that you can address specific issues with your dog. The times and dates are varied so it was easy to find a class that fit our schedule. Every instructor we have worked with was extremely knowledgeable and patient. We highly recommended Courteous Canine!

Alexandra Phillips, Google
Dog Training Rain Policy


For private training and group instruction that is held outdoors, we will make every attempt to contact students at least two hours before if we are canceling class. Classes are held during light rain, if there is lightning classes are cancelled. If you see lightning during your class, please let your instructor know immediately.

If you don’t hear from your instructor, your class will occur as scheduled.

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To participate in class, your dog must have received:

  • Distemper/Parvo (core combination)
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rabies
  • Bordetella
  • Canine Influenza

If your dog is not eligible for these vaccines, we will also accept a letter of exemption from your veterinarian due to your dog’s age or medical status.

Dog Training Group Classes

Dog Training Group Classes Description Price
Intro to Agility – Jumps, Tunnels, Chutes Intro to Agility – 6-weeks Intro to Agility: Jumps, Tunnels and Chute Group Class $175
Intro to Agility – Contacts and Weaves Intro to Agility – 6-weeks Intro to Agility: Contacts and Weaves Group Class $175
Intermediate/Advanced Agility Intermediate/Advanced Agility: 6 weeks intermediate/advanced agility Group Class. $175
Dog Parkour 4 weeks Dog Parkour $116
Really Reliable Coming – Part 1 and Part 2 One time 90-minute group class. $35
Dog Swimming 101: Puppy Pool Safety One  time 90-minute Intro to swimming $35
Intro to Dock Jumping One  time 90-minute Intro to Dock Jumping. $35
Intermediate/Advanced Dock Jumping Practice 1.5 hour group practice session $35
Intro to Fun Scent Games 6-weeks Intro to Fun Scent Games Group Class. $175
Low Stress Handling and Vet Visits  One time 90-minute group happy vet visit class. $35
Lure Coursing  One time 90-minute group mini fast cat session. $40
AKC Canine Good Citizen & Pet Therapy Prep Part I 8-Weeks; requires an access code to complete registration $198
AKC Advanced Canine Good Citizen & Pet Therapy Prep Part 2 8-Weeks; requires an access code to complete registration $198
AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing Individual Testing for CGC Test if not a participant in the group class. Test maximum time is 30 minutes. Price is per dog, per test. Should the dog need longer to take the test, an hour booking is required at $65. $35
My Dog has Issues 6-weeks My Dog has Issues for Reactive Dogs Group Class. Requires private Behavior Consult first. $175
AKC Star Puppy Classes 6 session enroll and go STAR puppy kindergarten. $175
Basic Manners 6 session enroll and go program for basic manners $175
Trick Training Level 1 6 weeks of classes and the final week is testing for Trick Training Titling! Come join for titling, FUN, mental stimulation, warm-up and make people smile!
Trick Training Level 2 -Movement and Tricks to Music Creating Routines and Dog Dancing! 6 weeks of classes that build upon level 1. $175
Intro To Dog Dancing Freestyle Create a 30-second routine to music one time 90-minute workshop $35


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