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Dog Training

Our canine training programs are based on fun, socialization and the training principles. Our course studies are divided into Canine 101, Canine 102 programs and Therapy Dog Training.

Canine 101: Offers a comprehensive training program covering; walking on a leash, teaching puppies/dogs to respond to their name, sit and stay, how to command your dog from jumping onto others, the “leave it” command, handling your dog/puppy, recall commands, “down and stay” commands, increasing distance with the “sit and stay” command, the “down and stay” command from a distance and greeting new people. A six week course meeting once a week for one hour.

Canine 102: Offers more advanced training strategies which build on the Undergraduate curriculum. Also includes advanced commands and tricks. A six week course meeting once a week for one hour.

Therapy Dog Training: provides information and training skills for both the handler and the dog in order to prepare them for visiting people in a situation providing educational, therapeutic, recreational and /or specific therapy. A eight week course meeting once a week for one hours, plus 2-3 additional field trips.

NOTE: We also help with special behavioral problems and concerns which may fall outside the curriculum listed above.

Our curriculum and lesson process is designed to help you develop a stronger and closer bond with your dog. We also specialize in private behavioral issues training.

Register for Dog Training here.
Then sign the waiver here.


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About Us

Green Dogs Unleashed is a non-profit organization committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and professionally training animals in need to become therapy dogs, then placing them in homes to give back to the community. We focus on the rescue, rehabilitation and training of special needs animals to work with special needs humans. All of our animals are currently trained and rehabilitated at Unleashed Canine Training Academy in Troy, VA.

Our Mission

To rescue, train, place and register unwanted animals to participate in therapy work, with an emphasis on special needs animals. To adopt out, place, or transfer to rescue, animals deemed not suitable for our program. To improve the quality of life for individuals with special needs, and Veterans with PTSD, by conducting volunteer pet facilitated therapy. To achieve optimum standards of excellence in its practice and in the care of therapy animals through ongoing training and evaluation. To promote the supportive benefits of the human animal bond; and to enhance our community’s awareness of and involvement in  programs.


Make a secure online donation to help Green Dogs Unleashed continue its work to help animals in our community. We’re an all-volunteer organization, so your money goes directly to the animals! Green Dogs Unleashed is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

Click on the Donate link above and you will go to the GDU PayPal page. The site is secure and you don’t need a PayPal account to donate!

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We are so glad to have such amazing fans like you that are with us with every step, and your gift is so greatly appreciated.

Therapy Dogs


Therapy Dogs are best known for bringing affection, comfort and joy to people during all stages of life, in a variety of living situations. This applies whether they are in a hospital for a short stay or an assisted living facility, attending a school, or confined in their own home.

In schools, our Therapy Dogs teach children about overcoming challenges, acceptance, and compassion for others.

Connecting with a dog, petting and snuggling, can bring a smile to those who not only feel lonely, but also those unable to visit their own furry family members.

Therapy dogs:

— are any breed, color, or shape.

— are friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease with strangers.

— provide unconditional acceptance and never fail to put smiles on the faces of children and adults alike.

— enjoy human contact and excessive and inconsistent petting.
All of our Therapy Dog Teams complete an 8 week training course, which benefits both dog, and handler. These classes, which are also open for public enrollment,  use positive reinforcement, help the TEAM work through many of the challenges which may be faced while they are  “working” together. They offer basic obedience reinforcement, as well as advanced training, and even include field trips.

To get started, please fill out and submit our Vest Loaner form here.