Our recreational classes are designed for children, teens, and young adults to engage in fun activities with dogs that promote the health and wellbeing of both humans and animals. They are open to anyone to take (inclusive to both individuals with and without disabilities). These classes are ideal for individuals who love animals, or who want to gain more experience with animals in a friendly and supportive environment. The classes are led by an occupational therapist/dog trainer and will incorporate both educational and interactive experiences with dogs who are specially trained for animal assisted interventions. These classes do not provide therapy, but participants can develop valuable skills while engaging in positive human-animal interactions.
- Class size: between 3 to 6 participants, ages 8+
- Time: meets for 1 hour, once a week, for 6 to 8 weeks
- Location: varies within Orange County, Long Beach, and South Bay
- Cost: contact us for rates (instructional funds from some charter schools can be applied)
Want to sign up for a class? Review the class descriptions below and complete this interest form.
If you have a group of 3 or more interested, we can arrange a new location and class time.
Next “Be a Dog’s Best Friend” class sessions start in April/May! Space is limited.
- Orange: Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM
- Tustin: Thursdays 3:30 – 4:30 PM
- Long Beach: TBA
Be a Dog’s Best Friend
Participants will learn about caring for pets, how dogs communicate, positive reinforcement training methods, playing dog enrichment games and sports, and making dog toys. While engaging in these fun activities, participants will develop positive relationships with animals and peers, social skills, empathy, perspective taking, motor coordination, cognition, independent living skills, vocational skills, and more!
In this class, participants will gain cooking skills, social skills, executive functioning, and motor skills while making human-friendly and dog-friendly treats with our canine co-therapists Tater Tot and Dottie! Participants will be able to bring treats home to share with their family and pets. Please let us know of any allergies or food sensitivities when signing up.
Canine Sports with Coach Dottie
In this class, participants will be introduced to different canine sports and activities (agility, freestyle, and nosework) and positive relationship-based dog training. They will develop gross motor skills, coordination, motor planning, social skills, and much more! Participants will have the opportunity to work with trained animal assisted therapy dogs and can use the skills they learn in this class to teach their own dogs at home.
Prerequisites: Must have taken “Be a Dog’s Best Friend” or be a current OT client.