Therapy Dog prospect evaluations
For owners with an interest in Therapy Dog work, I offer evaluations and assessments to determine candidacy. Therapy teams visit facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, and schools to offer enrichment, support, and comfort.
While Therapy Dogs must have trained skills and good manners, proper temperament is the most important thing. A Therapy Dog must LOVE people, be gentle, have a strong desire to interact with people, be comfortable in a number of various situations and environments, and enjoy handling. If you think you have a dog who fits the criteria for Therapy work, an assessment can help identify what areas need improvement and provide the necessary plan for certification. Assessments in no way guarantee that you and your dog will go on to successfully certify as a Therapy Dog team.
Most Therapy Dogs begin with earning their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title and go on to test with a certifying Therapy Dog organization. Assessments may be done at your home and/or in a public setting.
Fee for Therapy Dog assessment: $75 which includes an evaluation of suitability, guidance with Therapy Dog testing process, and training suggestions.
Dogs must be at least 6 months old to be evaluated. Dogs must be at least 1 year of age to test for certification with Therapy Dog organizations.