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 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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