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P.O. Box 675
Troy, OH 45373
937 286-0028

Frequently Asked Questions
How can you and your pet join us?

MVPTA classes are held twice a year, 1.5 hours once a week for 7-weeks.
– Pets must have good manners before starting class.
– Pets must have a Vet Check form (provided by us). Dogs must have a negative fecal within 30 days of starting class. 
– Dogs need consistent basic obedience (sit, down, stay, heel).
– Class covers basic animal behavior, identifying stress in your pet and others, de-stressing your pet, and much more.
– Teams are certified when they successfully complete two supervised visits in a local facility. 

is my pet a good candidate for pet therapy?

Your pet must like people and have good manners. 
To get certified, they must pass a skills assessment:

  • Walking on a loose lead
  • Sit, down, stay
  • Greeted/pet by a stranger
  • Walking past an unfamiliar dog with only mild curiosity
  • Calm around medical devices
  • Tolerating crowded petting without jumping up or getting overly active or shying away
  • Not overly startled by loud noises
how do i prepare for pet therapy?

Make sure your pet is well socialized with all types of people and situations, and is under control around other animals. Give them lots of new experiences in stores that welcome uncertified animals. Encourage people to interact with them. Get your dog used to walking on different types of surfaces (carpet, tile). 

what is required once i get certified?

To remain active, teams must do at least 12 visits per year, and get a Vet Check once per year.  Many facilities request visits – we’d love to have you join us! 

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P.O. Box 675
Troy, OH 45373