|Become a Four Paws NC
Animal-Assisted Therapy Team
Compassionate People Sharing the Love of Their Dogs
Become a member of our team and help bring joy and happiness to people in your community. You will gain hands-on training and educational experience by the most experienced trainers in Carolina's preparing you and your dog to volunteer together in the community. While in training, participants will experience "real-life" situations based on over 20 years practicing animal-assisted therapy in the field in many environments.
Bring compassion and empathy to others and share the love of your dog within your community. Experience giving to others at a depth you never thought possible. This is a very personal and rewarding experience.
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 or hard copy
Receive your certification letter, identification, vest, leash sleeve or patch for your dog
Wilmington area classes
March 18, 2020 at Leland Pet Resort
June 3, 2020 location to be determined
Raleigh area classes
March, June, August and October
The dog must have completed basic and intermediate obedience training; formally or informally and be AKC CGC ready.
The dog must be people and dog-friendly.
All dogs must be vaccinated in accordance with local law and have had a Bordetella vaccine before enrolling in the class. Canine influenza vaccination is highly recommended. Proof of vaccines 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.
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
*certification fees additional at the successful completion of assessment; background verification required
Complete the Paperwork
Click the link below to complete the certification packet online.
Click the link below to complete the renewal survey
Pay Certification Fee
Click the link below to pay the certification fee