Certify Your Own Dog as a Companion Paws Therapy Dog is available as part of the Companion Paws program for Personal therapy, Assisted therapy and Visiting therapy.
If you have your own very well trained dog and are looking for him or her to become a Companion Paws dog for Personal, Assisted or Visiting therapy, please thoroughly go through the program process prior to registering for a 1st Temperament Assessment to confirm suitability.
Certified Companion Paws Therapy dogs are tested with the toughest guidelines of their kind in Canada. Certified Teams are required to renew and re-evaluate annually to keep Companion Paws Certification. Adhering to these guidelines requires dedication and dedicated, authentic training.
Companion Paws program assess and test 3 types of Animal Assisted Therapy Dogs:
Personal Therapy Dog (first program of its kind in Canada): A certified personal therapy dog (Companion Paws emotional support dog) is a trained, temperament tested, evaluated and certified dog that brings positive mental health benefits to their owners/handlers.
Often a Therapy Dog is beneficial to those that struggle with mental health conditions.
Assisted Therapy Dog Assisted Therapy Dogs join their handler/owner (typically educators, teachers, psychologists, counsellors and doctors) at their workplace to help their students, clients, customers and/or patients.
Visiting Therapy Dog Typically, Visiting Therapy Dogs visit events, shelters, hospitals, schools, hospices, nursing homes and more. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs are encouraged to interact with a variety of people while they are on-duty.
*Please take note that Companion Paws Therapy dogs are designated companion dogs and will not be certified as service dogs.
Therapy dogs are companion dogs trained to provide affection, comfort and company and are not afforded the same legal privileges as service dogs.
For more information about Therapy Dog certification or to register your dog in the program, please visit https://companionpaws.ca/