Can Your Dog be a Therapy Dog?

If you have a dog you would like to have tested to be a therapy dog, here are some basic requirements to consider for you and your companion:

Dog Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteer dogs of pedigree or mixed breed need to be healthy and have a happy, placid, nature.
  • Dogs must be at least two years old before examination.
  • Both male and female dogs must be spayed and neutered. Read details on the benefits of spaying
       and neutering your dog.
  • Dogs must display basic obedience skills such as sit, down, stay and come.
  • Dogs must be leash trained
  • Dogs must have lived with the handler for at least 6 months prior to examination.
  • All vaccinations must be up to date and proof of vaccination provided for our records.

Human Volunteer Requirements

  • Human volunteers must be over the age of 18 and have their own dog.
  • Volunteers must be committed to the programme and its aims.
  • Volunteers must have good "people skills" and an enthusiastic personality.
  • Volunteers must be willing to be a part of a team and enjoy meeting new people.
  • Volunteers must be available for visits on weekdays. Visits may be to schools, youth groups, hospital, nursing homes, Social Service Programmes and more. Each lesson lasts one hour, however, allowing for additional traveling time, volunteers need to allow approximately 2 hours for each visit.