In order to successfully evaluate, register, and volunteer as a pet therapy team we recommend you attend a training class with your dog. There are several classes offered in Flagstaff (you are not obligated to take classes or attend events in-order to take the evaluation, register or sign-up with us).
In addition, Therapy Pets of Northern AZ hosts a number of Pet Partners evaluations in Flagstaff each year and participates in different events. Events, classes, and evaluation listed below:
Therapy Dog Basics Class:
About the class: Learn the basic foundation skills needed to be successful in Therapy Dog work. In this class, we will be working on all of the therapy dog skills required by Pet Partners. This will include, but not limited to, dog focus, loose leash walking, sit, down, stay, come, proper techniques to approach people, approaching other dogs, distractions and many more skills. A CGC test will be offered at the end of the session. Classes are suitable if your dog has basic obedience and is comfortable around other dogs. There are a number of classes being offered in Flagstaff*. You can read a full description and requirements for the class here.
Therapy Dog Preparation Class:
About the class: In this class, we will be working on all of the therapy dog skills required by Pet Partners. This will include all of the Pet Partners test items, for example; sit politely for grooming, distractions, handling, wheelchair/walker interactions, sit/stay/down/come (as required for the test), etc. . . The class will also review the Pet Partners requirements, including the online test components for the handlers and health certification required for the dogs. In order to take this class dogs should have completed their Canine Good Citizen test or have had other obedience training. This class is not designed to be an introduction to obedience work. You can read a full description and requirements for the class here.
Other classes not offered by our organization*:
Instructor(s): Alicia Gonzalez . Contact: email@example.com, (928) 213-1737 . Location: PetSmart (1121 S Plaza Way, Flagstaff, AZ 86001). Class cost: $119
*If you are a dog trainer offering Pet Therapy classes and want to be listed on our site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Renewal Review:
About the class: This is a brush up and review class for experienced and previously registered teams. In this class you can work on the skill(s) you feel your dog will need to brush up, before the recertification test. Class is designed for teams that just need to renew their registration and take the evaluation again.
Pet Partners Evaluation
Pet Partners Evaluation: Our next evaluation date is to be determined. Location and cost will be sent upon registration. Sign-up with Pet Partners. If you haven’t taken the evaluation we recommend signing-up for one of the the above classes. Read more about the evaluation on our Evaluation and Registration page. If you would like to volunteer, or attend the evaluation please contact us at email@example.com.
Evaluator for new teams will be Val Candelaria. Evaluators for team renewals will be Val Candelaria and Cinda Sawyer.
Upcoming Social and Educational Events
We are always working to build a strong and supportive community of pet therapy teams. We facilitate social events for animal handlers, educational talks, and pet “play dates” (mostly for dogs).
Next Event: TBA
Rescue Roundup, Afternoon Social, Library talk and presentation.
Contact us if you have any questions about classes or events.