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How to Make Your Dog a Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) Dog

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Helpful guides:
Adobe PDF logo 75px 6 Steps to joining P-AT
with your dog
Adobe PDF logo 75px Comprehensive P-AT
Dog Handbook

Many volunteers bring their own approved dog to P-AT visits. These dog provide an extra dimension of happiness to residents who look forward to seeing them on a monthly basis. By certifying your dog as a Pet-Assisted Therapy dog, you will help us touch countless more lives with the warmth and companionship of animals.

6 Steps to joining P-AT with your dog:

  1. Apply as a general volunteer at the San Diego Humane Society. Follow the process of a volunteer interview and subsequent orientation.

  2. Attend our P-AT class with P-AT Coordinator, Judith Eisenberg. This class will be explained and scheduled after your first general orientation.

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  4. Go on two P-AT visits without your dog after you have completed all training and begun volunteering in P-AT.

  5. Obtain a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate for your dog either through the San Diego Humane Society public Behavior and Training classes or through your own trainer.

  6. Be sure your dog meet all other requirements:
    • Pass the temperament evaluation by the P-AT Coordinator, which includes introduction to small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rats).This step can be completed before other steps, to ensure your dog will thrive in a P-AT setting with small animals.
    • Be spayed or neutered
    • Be at least one year old
    • Hold the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate (step 4)
    • Not be on a raw food diet

  7. Pay $40 for your dog’s P-AT vest … and you’re done!
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Wednesday April 9
Accupressure For Pets
North Campus
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Friday April 11
Spring Fling
Doggie Cafe
North Campus
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MOBILE ADOPTIONS

Tuesday April 8
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ben & Jerry's
Downtown Horton Plaza

Sunday April 13
11am - 2pm
Muttropolis
Bqtiquitos Lagoon
Carlsbad

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BUSINESS HOURS

Central Campus
Viewing/Adoption:
Mon - Fri 11am to 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm

General business:
Mon - Fri 9am to 7pm
Sat & Sun 9am to 6pm

North Campus
Viewing/Adoption:
Mon - Fri 11am to 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 5pm

General business:
Mon - Fri 11am to 7pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 6pm

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