The vast majority of therapy pets are dogs, because they can be easily trained. Therapy dogs can be any size, breed, color, shape, or gender. Primarily, they must enjoy being around people!
To be a therapy dog, your dog:
Hands and Paws Inc. utilizes its skilled, experienced and certified volunteers to evaluate, train and certify pet therapy teams.
Human volunteers and their well behaved and loving pets are evaluated by our AKC registered evaluators for obedience and temperament. Then they are trained with their humans on the fundamentals of performing therapy work by accompanying experienced and certified members on visits in the community. Once they have completed the required training hours; they are then certified to serve their community on individual visits and/or group visits.