Pet Therapy Dog Requirements - Bronson Healthcare

Pet Therapy Requirements

Therapy dog requirements

Is your dog ready for therapy dog visits? Fill out our pet therapy questionnaire to get started.

  1. Approved dogs include privately owned pets, service dogs and service-dogs-in-training. Privately owned pets must be 2-years-old.
  2. Dog and owner must pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. This is a 10-part National American Kennel Club standard obedience, temperament and handling test given at the end of many dog training classes.
  3. Letter of recommendation from the dog’s veterinarian commenting on temperament and the dog’s overall health.
  4. Dog may not consume raw animal protein in their diet. This includes beef, chicken, pork, fish, raw eggs, or other domesticated or wild animal meat.
  5. Membership in a National Pet Therapy organization is required. These organizations have liability insurance coverage as part of the annual dues.
  6. The following vaccinations must be up to date and checked annually.
      • Rabies (annual or triennial)
      • Distemper
      • Parvovirus
      • Negative Fecal exam for roundworm and hookworm

Volunteer owner requirements

  1. Owner must apply to be a Bronson volunteer. On-boarding process includes: application, interview, back-ground check, health-screening (immunizations and TB Test), on-line orientation courses and classroom orientation. View Bronson volunteer information.
  2. Minimum age for volunteers is 18.
  3. After the team passes the CGC test, they will be interviewed and evaluated in the hospital setting.
  4. Volunteer owners are responsible for bathing the dog within 24-hours of each hospital visit and performing a flea/tick checks prior to every visit. Dog must be well groomed with nails trimmed and filed.
  5. Volunteer owner must remain in control of their animal at all times. The animal must be leashed at all times and handled by the volunteer owner who was tested with the animal. Acceptable collars are buckle, choke chain or halter. At no time should the animal leave the owner’s sight.
  6. Volunteer owners are responsible for monitoring animals during the visit to detect signs of overheating, aggressiveness, elimination needs, etc. If the animal is misbehaving, the volunteers should leave immediately after notifying unit staff.

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