The in-person course is a combination of classroom learning, interactive activities, lots of role-playing simulating different visiting scenarios and an observation of a mock evaluation.
Pet Partners Handler Course:
To become a registered Pet Partners Therapy Animal Team you must complete a sanctioned Pet Partners Handler course before you and your animal partner are evaluated.
Option 1: In-person course
This is an 8-hour course for the handler only (you do not bring your animal). You will learn about the skills needed to visit safely with your animal in hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, and other facilities. A comprehensive review of the evaluation that you and your animal partner will need to take will also be completed in this course.
2017 Courses offered by Pet Partners Licensed Instructors Jo Turnbull and Cindy Mayo:
Cost is $40 which includes the Pet Partners Handlers manual, handouts and snacks. Courses are from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and will be held at Handi-Dogs, 75 S. Montego Dr., Tucson 85710.
Sunday, Feb 19, 8:30am - 4:30pm Pet Partners requires registering on national website www.petpartners.org
2017 Courses offered by Pet Partners Licensed Instructor Kate Titus:
Cost is $45 which includes the Pet Partners Handlers manual and handouts. Courses will be held at A Loyal Companion, 4758 E. Grant Road, Tucson 85712. 520-448-3548
NEXT COURSE: TBD
Option 2: Online course
If you aren't able to take an in-person training course with a LICENSED Pet Partners Instructor as mentioned above, you may take the On-Line Handler Course offered through the national organization. Click here to learn more about the program. You will need to create an account on the national site to access details about purchasing the online course or, to view in-person workshops held in areas outside Tucson.
Pet Partners and Pet Partners of Southern Arizona do NOT offer classes to help you train your animal partner. You may train your animal partner on your own or with a trainer of your choice.
Is your Pet a good candidate to become a Therapy Animal? Click here to view suggestions from the National Pet Partners site.