National Capital Therapy Dogs


Before starting on your journey to become a pet therapy team, you and your pet must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Dogs must have passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test
  • You must be at least 12 years old to volunteer without adult supervision (parent, guardian or someone with parent or guardian's written consent), and you should be at least 16 years old to work without an adult
  • Only certain domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits and pet birds may become NCTD therapy animals
  • Dogs must be at least 10 months old to begin Therapy Dog Training Classes, and 1 year old to take the Evaluation.
  • Dogs need to be in good health, be current with their rabies vaccine and have a health form filled out by their veterinarian
  • Dogs must have lived with you for at least six months
  • Dogs must currently have reliable basic obedience skills:
    • Sit, Down, Stay on command
    • Walk on loose leash (no pulling handler, or dragging behind)
  • Dogs must be reliably housebroken
  • For other types of pets, please Contact Us

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