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Disclaimer: Due to applicant criteria and limited resources, not every individual who applies for a service dog can or will be served

Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

- Isiah 40:31NAS

|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

Start visiting

Wilmington area classes

 March 18, 2020 at Leland Pet Resort

June 3, 2020 location to be determined

Enrollment

Raleigh area classes

 March, June, August and October

Enrollment 

Class Prerequisites 

 

  • 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

  • Continue your training by becoming a certified R.E.A.D. Team

 

*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.
Renewing Teams
Click the link below to complete the renewal survey
Pay Certification Fee
Click the link below to pay the certification fee