Join STAR Therapy Dogs for an overview of what is involved in becoming a therapy team. We discuss how to become a member of a national registry, explore venues for you and your dog to serve throughout the community and stress the importance of relevant laws and rules you are required to follow. Join us for the fun roleplaying exercise of presenting your dog on a visit to our mock nursing home, Cozy Acres. If you have ever wondered if you and your dog would make a good therapy team, this is the place to come to explore the possibilities and have all your questions answered.
Several times a year, we hold one-day workshops for people who want to become therapy handlers. After nearly twenty years, STAR has a great many "alumni" working in the field.
These workshops are held at the Franke Home in Mt. Pleasant.
Why a Workshop?
There are many ways to become a therapy team, and for almost twenty years S.T.A.R. has offered a helpful workshop – an overview of therapy work in all its different forms. Call or email us if you would like more detail about the content of these workshops.
Note: there are no prerequisites for these workshops. The CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test, though helpful as an indicator, is not required. Therapy classes, similarly, are not required. Dogs attending the workshop should have good manners and no aggressive behavior
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 we have cancelled our Spring & Fall 2020 sessions. Check back for updates coming soon.
However, you do not need to wait for our next workshop as you can start preparing at home today!
The below items are designed to ensure you and your dog are properly prepared once testing begins.
Check out the About Therapy Dogs page on our website to review what it takes to be a therapy team.
If you think you and your dog are a fit, start preparing!
Spend time researching which national registry is the best fit for you and your dog.
Once you decide on a national chapter, spend time reviewing what is required by that chapter for testing.
Practice the testing commands daily with your dog.
Consider taking the Canine Good Citizen test offered by the American Kennel Club (not required to become a therapy team but can be helpful)
Test includes the below:
Accepting a friendly stranger
Sitting politely for petting
Appearance and grooming
Out for a walk on a loose lead
Walking through a crowd
Sit and down on command and staying in place
Coming when called
Reaction to another dog
Reaction to distraction
How to register:
Pre-registration is required for all workshops and all classes are limited in size.
To register, email us at and we will be in touch with registration paperwork.
Additional shorter therapy dog workshops are available through Personal Enrichment Programs/Continuing Education at Trident Technical College. Dates and campus locations for those workshops are available at www.tridenttech.edu/ce or call 843-574-6142.
For information / registration email us at
Our 2020 events calendar is TBD due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates.