Pre-Screen Form


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.

 
We work with volunteers who live in the areas below. If you live outside of our service area, please visit American Kennel Club's directory of therapy dog organizations to find an organization in your area.
 
New York
-New York City (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island)
-Columbia County
-Dutchess County
-Greene County
-Putnam County
-Ulster County
-Westchester County
 
Connecticut
-Fairfield County
-Litchfield County
 
 Massachusetts
-Berkshire County
 
New Jersey
-Limited service area includes one healthcare partner facility located in Hoboken
 
 

Potential Volunteer Information

Please upload proof of COVID vaccination for both you and the second handler below.



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