We're excited that you are considering your dog for a rewarding career as a therapy dog! Please read the following before completing your pre-screen application in its entirety.
The Good Dog Foundation welcomes dogs 1 year old and older who have lived with their owners for at least 4 months into Therapy Skills class. Please wait until your dog is one year old before submitting a pre-screen form.
All applicants/handlers must be 18 years of age or older, and must be legal owners or live with the dog.
To be ready for Therapy Skills, dogs must be able to perform basic obedience skills such as Sit, Stay, Down, and Leave It on the first try. Dogs must also walk politely on a loose leash on a flat collar or harness, and may not jump to greet people. They also must demonstrate to the trainer a love of greeting and engaging with strangers without hesitation or avoidance. Handlers must demonstrate control over their dog at all times.
-New York City (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island)
-Limited service area that includes Hoboken/Jersey City