What Makes Our Teams Special

One of the cornerstones of Caring Canines is the requirement for participating volunteers to be registered therapy teams – screened, tested and qualified in temperament and skills to do animal-assisted interactions. We are affiliated with Pet Partners® Therapy Animal Program to ensure our teams achieve the highest standards in certification.


Established in 1990, Pet Partners’® Therapy Animal Program trains and screens volunteers and their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities, ensuring that “both ends of the leash,” people as well as animals, are well-prepared to participate in animal-assisted therapy programs. Pet Partners’® Therapy Animal Program is the only national registry that requires volunteer training and screening of animal-handler teams.

Upon certification, Our Caring Canine Handlers…

  • Posses the skills needed to visit safely in hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, and other facilities.
  • Remain in good standing in the organization with which they have registration, credentials and insurance, and comply with their ethics, policies and procedures.
  • Observe all rules of privacy and confidentiality, and represent Caring Canines with discretion and in a professional manner.
  • Successfully meet all facility health requirements, background screening and safety codes.
  • Always stay with their animal and are in control at all times.
  • Will intervene immediately if a participant is not treating their dog properly and will calmly coach the participant on the best way to pet and handle their dog.
  • Keep safety as their #1 priority.

Our Caring Canines…

  • Are current on their rabies vaccination and any other vaccinations as required by state and local laws.
  • Are healthy and free from parasites, disease, infections, and illnesses
  • Will not be treated with oily flea treatment (e.g. Top Spot etc.) within one week of a visit.
  • Are bathed prior to every visit.
  • Have no history of biting or aggression or are trained for protection or bite work, even if part of a dog sport.
  • Are not discriminated against based on characteristics such as age, breed or handicap.