How to Make Your Dog a Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) Dog
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:
Apply as a general volunteer at the San Diego Humane Society. Follow the process of a volunteer interview and subsequent orientation.
- Attend our P-AT class with P-AT Coordinator, Judith Eisenberg. This class will be explained and scheduled after your first general orientation.
- Go on two P-AT visits without your dog after you have completed all training and begun volunteering in P-AT.
- 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.
- 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
- Pay $40 for your dog’s P-AT vest … and you’re done!
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