North Carolina Pet Partners®

Helping people live healthier and happier lives by sharing the healing power of pets.

Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I become a registered Therapy Animal Team through Pet Partners?

    Step 1:  Train the "human end" of the leash by attending a Pet Partners Therapy Animal Team Training Course.

    Step 2:  Have the health of your animal partner screened by a veterinarian.

    Step 3: Have your human-animal team's skills and aptitude evaluated.

    Step 4:  Submit your registration application to Pet Partners.

  2. What topics are included in the Therapy Animal Team Training Course?

    Learn the skills needed to visit safely with your animal in hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, and other facilities.  Successful completion of this course, in instructor-led or home-study format, is required for registration as a Pet Partners team.

    Topics include:

    ● How to tell if both you and your animal are a good fit for Pet Partners.

    ● Preparing yourself and your animal for visits.

    ● Identifying and decreasing stress in your animal.

    ● Animal health and safety.

    ● Special needs of specific client groups.

    ● How to interact with different types of people.

    ● Facility health and safety codes.

    ● Patient confidentiality.

    Instructor-led classes are held twice a year (spring and fall).  Check the Calendar for upcoming classes or contact the NCPP Pet Partners Licensed Instructor at [email protected].

  3. How do I become a member of NCPP?

    Membership is open to all persons committed to the purposes and policies of Pet Partners and NCPP and who aspire to become Pet Partners Therapy Animal Teams.  Voting members must provide an active Pet Partners ID number.  Please contact [email protected] for further information. 

  4. Where can I register for obedience classes?

    NCPP recommends two excellent training facilities:

    Carolina Dog Training Club, 3110 Forest Lawn Drive, Greensboro, NC 27455 (class location), Phone 336-273-8828, http://www.carolinadogtrainingclub.com.

    Dog-Gone Fun, 203 Berry Garden Road, Kernersville, NC 27284, Phone 336-993-2178, http://www.doggonefunnc.com - Contact: Jan Wilson.

  5. Whom do I contact for more information?

    For more information, please contact:

    Beth Kuoni, President, [email protected]

    Kim Johnson, Secretary, [email protected]

    Nancy McNeill, Treasurer, [email protected]

  6. How do I renew my Pet Partners registration?

    Click here to access the Pet Partners website.  Information on registration renewal is available only to registered Pet Partners teams.  

  7. How do I schedule a team evaluation?

    Local Pet Partners team evaluators schedule evaluation sessions about quarterly.  Check the Calendar for planned sessions and contact person listed.  Team evaluations take about 45 minutes and strictly follow Pet Partners Therapy Animal procedures and requirements.

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