Recreational and Wellness Services

Our recreational classes and wellness services are designed for children, teens, and 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. Recreational classes do not provide direct therapy, but participants can develop valuable skills while engaging in positive human-animal interactions. 


Private Lessons and Wellness Sessions

  • Open to any age 3-100! 
  • For people who love dogs but are not able to have one at this time
  • For people who are inexperienced around dogs but interested in getting one
  • In-person or virtual options
  • You can work with your own dog or our therapy dogs
  • Lessons start at $75/hr + travel fee if applicable

Group Class Information

  • Class size: between 3 to 6 participants, ages 8+
  • Time: meets for 1 hour, once a week, for 4 to 8 weeks
  • Location: varies within Diamond Bar and North Orange County area
  • Cost: contact us for rates (enrichment funds from iLEAD charter school can be applied)

Want to sign up for a class? Review the class descriptions below and email karen@sundogtherapy.com for a registration form. 

If you are not able to make these times, or have a group of 3 or more interested, we are open to arranging a new location and class time. Please complete this interest form.

Group Class Schedule

Schedule to be announced. 

Class Descriptions

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!

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White Labrador retriever with a chef's hat and potato masher
Cooking for Canines with Chef Tater Tot

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 client.

Dog jumps over agility obstacle with girl running behind her
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