We continually accept applications for volunteer handlers and therapy dogs.
Animal-Assisted Therapy basic qualifying requirements If you're interested in volunteering for the Animal Assisted Therapy program, your dog will need to consistently perform the following commands. These should be accomplished with one command.
sit on command
down on command
stay and recall on command
walk loosely on a leash without pulling
get along well with other dogs
able to perform these commands without treats
your dog should like people
not be overly vocal
your dog needs to be at least one year of age
handlers must be 18 years or older
dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations (we do not accept titers)
you must bring proof of current rabies vaccination to temperament testing
dogs must be free of all skin problems
prong collars, gentle leaders and retractable leashes are not acceptable
you and your dog must have completed a group obedience training class within the past 6 months
Prong collars and gentle leaders are not acceptable.
Before you apply, click here and review qualities of an "A+ Therapy Dog." If you would like to be considered, please complete an application, or call Wendy Yellin at 630-814-7655 for more information.