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AAT Class Prerequisites 


The dog must have completed basic and intermediate obedience training; formally or informally and be AKC CGC ready.

Dogs must be Behaviorally Healthy and not have aggression issues with other dogs.

Dogs must be at least 1 year of age at the start of class and should have lived with their handlers for a minimum of 6 months to be eligible for the Therapy Dog evaluation.

All dogs must have Rabies and DHPP vaccinations or titers.   Proof of vaccinations or titers must be brought to first class.


Canine influenza vaccination is highly recommended.  Proof of vaccines required. Dogs without proof of vaccinations or titers will not be able to participate.  

Pre-registration with pre-payment is required.

Equipment for the Dog: Flat buckle collar, cloth martingale collar, or head collar, Easy Walk or Freedom harness with instructor approval.   No choke, chain or prong collars allowed. 

AAT sample of skills covered during classes

Walking past and leaving items dropped on the ground

Walking on a loose leash

Working around medical equipment

Walking past a neutral dog

Working with a crowd of people

Various situations that may be encountered on a visit

Allowing a stranger to hug the dog
Successful certification provides:*
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluation

Two-year animal-assisted therapy certification

Identification as an animal-assisted therapy team of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC

A unique vest or leash sleeve for your dog when on animal-assisted therapy visits

General and volunteer liability insurance coverage with $1,000,000 coverage and a supplement and supplement automobile liability

Support as questions arise working in the field
Invitations to group animal-assisted therapy events

Continue your training by becoming a certified R.E.A.D. Team
*certification fees additional at the successful completion of assessment; background verification required

AAT, as Easy as 1-2-3
Enroll in a class in Raleigh or Wilmington North Carolina
Successfully complete the class and take the assessment

Complete the paperwork online (preferred) or hard copy

Receive your certification letter, identification, vest, or patch for your dog (dogs less than 15 pounds)

Start visiting

Upcoming Class Dates: Wilmington, NC 
To Be Determined

Classes meet once a week from 
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Are your a current Four Paws NC Therapy Team with an expiring certification?

If you are in
Raleigh area
email one of following for renewal assessment.
Renee Clifton
Teamworks Dog Training.

Assessment fees are set by and paid directly to the evaluator.

The assessment fee in Wilmington is $25.

Certification fees are additional.


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