Build a better relationship with your Therapy Dog

Community and resources to help grow your relationship with your pup whether you’re volunteering or partnering together in Animal-Assisted Therapy.

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Get started as a Therapy Dog team

Set yourself and your pup up for success by learning how to:

  • Choose the right setting for your team
  • Train your animal partner
  • Select a pet therapy organization

I’ve put it all together for you in PDF format.

How to get started as a Therapy Dog team
Therapy Dog Talk - Kentucky + Derby

#102: Puttin smiles on faces with Kentucky and Derby

In this 102nd episode of Therapy Dog Talk, I chat with Kentucky Gallahue about puttin smiles on faces with his Goldendoodle Derby.

Therapy Dog Talk - Nicole + Tanner

#101: Nicole and her Paramedic Facility Dog Tanner

In this 101st episode of Therapy Dog Talk, I chat with Nicole Selby about her experiences working as a paramedic alongside Facility Dog K9 Tanner.

Therapy Dog Talk - Tessa + Finn

#100: Animal-Assisted Crisis Response with Tessa and Finn

In this 100th episode of Therapy Dog Talk, I chat with Tess about her Animal-Assisted Crisis Response experience with her dog Finn.

Therapy Dog Talk - Neil + Breezy

#099: Pet Therapy Found Neil and Breezy the Beagle

In this 99th episode of Therapy Dog Talk, I chat with Neil about how pet therapy found him and his rescued Beagle named Breezy.

Therapy Dog Talk - Brian + Riley

#098: Brian and Riley on Finding a Therapy Dog Organization

In this 98th episode of Therapy Dog Talk, I chat with Brian about his experiences finding the right Therapy Dog Organization for his dog Riley.

The Therapy Dog Talk Podcast

Weekly conversations with Therapy Dog teams and researchers:

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Hi, I’m Sherrie!

I’m Sherrie, a Certified Animal Assisted-Intervention Specialist (C-AAIS) and Pro Dog Trainer in sunny Los Angeles. My family includes my husband Daniel, aspiring therapy dogs Sunny and Rylie, and our senior cat, Matilda.

I’ve always adored animals and turned that love into a career. My unique strengths and experiences help me connect with others and support therapy dog teams. Becoming a team wasn’t easy, but I pursued continuing education, joined professional organizations, and even started my podcast, Therapy Dog Talk.

With a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, continuous education in canine behavior, and over a decade of community-building, I’m passionate about helping therapy dog teams thrive and I love to explore connections between dog and human psychology to help you improve your relationship with your pup.

I’ve created a free downloadable guide for aspiring therapy dog teams and an online space for teams to connect and learn from each other. My worldwide adventures and constant unpacking of my own biases and privileges have opened my eyes to the beauty of diverse perspectives, helping me to grow personally and professionally. It is important to me to incorporate this into my work and I hope that you see it reflected here.

My goal is to help you learn life skills for both you and your pup to further your impact as a therapy dog team while having a blast. Let’s share our love for partnering with our dogs and learn from each other. Ready to start this adventure? Let’s go!

Pro Dog Trainer
Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Partner
Certified Animal-Assisted Intervention Specialist
A-OK9 Partner (Affiliate)
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