FAQ

1. Do you provide training ?

We do not provide training – our teams consist of a volunteer with their own pet dog or cat. In our experience pet therapy animals are usually born with the required temperament though some basic obedience skills are required.

2. My Doctor is recommending I get a service or assistance dog, can Therapeutic Paws of Canada help ?

We are not a service or assistance dog organisation and can not assist with these inquiries. Therapeutic Paws of Canada is comprised of volunteers who visit with their own personal companion animals.  Please contact an organisation that trains/certifies service or assistance pets.

3. I don’t own a dog, can I volunteer?

Please contact the team leader in your area, their team may have non visiting roles that would assist them.  Visiting volunteers use their own companion animals, we do not have any way for you to participate in therapy visits however you may be able to assist your local team with their evaluations or fundraising activities.

 4. My Child is afraid of dogs, can you bring a therapy dog to meet him ?

Unfortunately we can not conduct any individual visits to a home or park etc. We conduct all of our visits through partnering with local facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, schools, libraries etc.

 5. What is the cost of your programs ?

Our programs are provided free of charge.

 6. I am a therapist, can you certify my dog so he can assist me in my professional practice ?

We evaluate and certify those dogs who will be volunteering through Therapeutic Paws of Canada. We do not provide certification to people wishing to use their dogs as part of professional therapy services.

 7. My dog has a wonderful temperament but no formal training – will he pass the evaluation ? 

If your dog has good manners and a friendly and outgoing temperament he will most likely do well. Please call your local team leader to discuss the evaluation in more detail.

8. My parent is living at home and could benefit from a visit from a therapy pet can you visit?

Our teams are not able to visit in private homes. If your parent visits a day program you may wish to discuss the possibility of having a pet therapy team visit there.