Here at The Fine Canine®, we've partnered with Pet Partners to evaluate and certify therapy dogs. Pet Partners is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal therapy, activities and education. Nearly forty years since the organization's inception, Pet Partners has become the nation's largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing animal-assisted interactions.
Dogs are the most utilized therapy animals and account for 94% of Pet Partners therapy animal teams. It takes more than just good obedience skills to make a good therapy dog. They must also have a personality that enjoys interacting with people they don't know. Therapy dogs must also be able to handle unusual sights, sounds and smells with confidence.
Evaluations take approximately 45 minutes and simulate the experience of an animal-assisted therapy session. The Team Evaluation process evaluates the animal/handler team; how well the handler interprets and manages the animal's behavior and how well the animal responds to the handler. This process allows Pet Partners a rigorous way to identify teams that will be safe and successful in the community.