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What is a Therapy Dog?

A therapy dog is a dog that performs a service for other people. Typical therapy dog tasks are going to nursing homes or hospitals to cheer people up. For your dog to qualify, he/she must be friendly with strangers, and with training, be able to work around a high level of distraction and to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc.

Research shows that therapy dogs can have a positive effect on a patient’s mood, stress, and pain levels during facility stays. Children, in particular, respond positively to therapy dogs. They are more motivated to participate in treatments, feel optimistic about the future, and experience an overall sense of calm when a certified therapy dog is present.

Therapy dogs can promote social interaction between individuals within communities that may not otherwise experience socialization typically. Therapy dogs offer unconditional love, non-judgmental interaction, reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness and provide an overall positive distraction to ailments.

Goals for Your Therapy Companion


  • Socialization
  • Lower Pain Levels
  • Motivation
  • Provide Comfort
  • Decrease in Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Promote Healing
  • Increase Overall Optimism
  • Ease Loneliness


For full package details (with disclaimers) please reference our pricing page.


Therapy Dog

Therapy dog training is based on your dog's abilities

$2,195

A therapy dog volunteers alongside you, where permitted, and provides comfort to others. Examples include cheering people up at nursing homes or hospitals.

A good therapy dog is naturally friendly with strangers, able to work around a high level of distraction (with training), and able to understand personal boundaries, such as not jumping up, licking, mouthing, etc (with training).

  • Private, one-on-one training sessions 7 Sessions
  • Group dog training in the community 8 Months
  • Therapy bandana, certification and ID Cards
  • An exclusive directory of therapy events and locations for you to donate your time
  • Certification/Testing
  • Come
  • Walk with you (no more pulling)
  • Sit (next to you)
  • Sit (off leash, at a distance)
  • Down (next to you)
  • Down (off leash, at a distance)
  • Wait
  • Quiet (stop barking and whining)
  • Load up in the car or kennel
  • Place
  • Heel
  • No Jumping up (on people)
  • Make a friend
  • One personalized greeting (high five, shake, hug, etc.)

Our Balanced Theory

We base our training around the "Classical Conditioning" model (a.k.a. "Pavlovian" or "respondent conditioning"). This includes developing conditioned or automatic reflexes to commands. In its simplest form (after proper conditioning), when the owner says "sit," the dog automatically sits without thinking about it. Our unique techniques ensure our program is a success no matter what behavior we encounter.


  • Empowering Owners
    We empower Owners to train so their dog knows who to obey at all times.
  • Personalized
    We deal with problem behaviors on a personal basis.
  • Environment Specific
    We train wherever issues tend to arise (i.e. jogging, park, home).
  • Supportive
    We support Owners in the off-hours (when training is "not in session").
  • Involved
    We work with all members of the household.
  • Simplified & Customized
    We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 20 min/day follow-up practice.
  • Continued Training
    Additional programs / group sessions offered after in-home training.
  • Lifetime Investment
    We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.
  • Satisfaction Ratings
    Our high client satisfaction rating sets us apart from competitors.

We help your dog become a valued companion and beloved member of the family. Read what our customers have to say and then give us a call!

Chuck and Cat are a fantastic team and were wonderful to work with. They are active members of the community and passionate about providing a quality service and improving lives of Dogs and their owners in Kansas City. They truly care about getting results and they are extremely personable yet professional and focused. I continue to keep in touch with them and hope that maybe Chuck will take me fishing one day now that the dogs will be very well behaved on the boat! I wish I could give 10 stars, highly recommend!
— Kyle Christie
Posted May 17th 2022
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Such a fantastic experience, watching our pup, Bunny, grow week after week! We are so grateful to be a part of the Dog Training Elite KCS Family! It is such a relief to feel like we are able to enjoy our fur child anywhere we go; instead of feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and embarrassed trying to get her to mind. We are still in process of training, but the progress at just week 7 is mind blowing. I applaud the clear communication, demonstration, constructive criticisms, and support these trainers provide. Any trainer can train your dog, but a top of the line trainer will teach you how to train your dog and provide support... Dog Training Elite KCS has clearly shown they have TOP OF THE LINE Trainers. 100% will Recommend and we will use them again with our next pup!
— Shayla Osborn
Posted April 20th 2022
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Knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended.
— Michael Long
Posted November 29th 2021
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Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite Kansas City South, we believe that Service Dogs save lives. It is our mission to make these life-saving companions available to our Veterans, First Responders, Women Survivors, and Children with Medical Needs. Whether it be for PTSD, Mobility Support, or Special Needs, Dog Training Elite Kansas City South work's with the Malinois Foundation to heal and empower these individuals with a specialized service animal, a partner in life, and a new best friend.

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