So you want to train your dog to be a Certified Therapy dog
We have compiled comprehensive information to help answer some of the questions and myths on requirements and procedures to get your dog certified through the Pet Prescription Team.
It’s important to first state that not all dogs are good candidates to be therapy dogs.Therapy dogs should be naturally calm as well as affectionate and friendly to strangers. They need to be obedient in addition to having regular wellness check-ups and also be well-groomed for each visit.
We believe the process should be easy and fun for both the dog and the owner.
Pet Prescription Team classes are 8 weeks but may go longer depending on how the team is progressing. Classes are held in two locations:
Los Angeles County
San Diego County
Classes are held weekly on various days and times during the week.
8 week training class is $155.00
When you have completed the class and passed all evaluations there is a $85.00 fee for certification, first year PPT membership and therapy vest.
Upon class completion the Pet Prescription Team will certify, insure and assign the dog and handler to various facilities within the geographical area they reside. The Pet Prescription Team volunteers are the strength of the Pet Prescription Team organization thus without each volunteer we certify we would not be able to facilitate all the facilities we visit weekly. Your success is paramount to meeting the needs of the community we serve.
That’s why once a volunteer and dog become certified, we assign a Pet Prescription Team leader to each volunteer to help support and encourage them at the facilities they are assigned to visit. During the training process we discuss the various facilities they might be assigned to once they are certified giving us the opportunity to help them select the places they would like to visit. Our Pet Prescription Team leaders always accompany new volunteers and many relationships have been formed because of the support that they are given.
Hopefully you will find the information helpful and informative as to the process. If you have further questions or would like to join our team please contact us and we will be more than happy to help you further.