Thank you for your interest in our group and therapy dog work. Visit PetPartners.org to learn more about becoming a therapy team.
We recommend that you and your pet successfully complete a certified basic obedience course as a first step. For example, Spot & Co. in Iowa City. Best Friend’s Dog Academy is also a great resource for training opportunities.
Pet Partners certification requires that teams go through a two-part process:
- The handler needs to successfully complete the handler course online.
- The pet and handler then need to pass a physical evaluation by a certified Pet Partner evaluator.
Therapy Dogs of Johnson County offers tries to offer an evaluation within a month of the online class. The evaluation class is $25 per team. Pet Partners requires that teams re-evaluate every two years but once you have taken the class you don’t have to take it again unless you want to.
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