Denver Pet Partners does not train animals. We educate the human end of the leash (the Handler) as an animal-assisted intervention (AAI) volunteer for facilities and events in the Denver area. Pet Partners Handler Training Workshops are not designed to train professionals such as educators, counselors or social workers who plan to include their pets as therapy animals in the exercise of their profession.
Included in the training are subjects such as risk management, infection control, engaging with different populations, recognizing stress signs in animals, and advocating for your therapy animal. To become a volunteer therapy animal/handler team, you must first take either an in-person Handler Training Class, which is for the handler only (there are no animals in the class) or an online Handler Training Class, which is offered by Pet Partners on their web site. After successful completion of either class, trainees are required to pass an online assessment. You and your animal can then be evaluated in a Team Evaluation, a 22-part skills and aptitude test. After passing the team evaluation, you are ready to register as a therapy animal/handler team with Pet Partners. You must re-evaluate every two years.
You can sign up for the in-person Handler Training Class and Team Evaluation below. Classes and evaluations fill up quickly, so you are encouraged to sign up early. To sign up for the online Handler Training class, go to https://petpartners.org/learn/online-education/.
Pet Partners® Handler Training Courses – 2019
Denver Pet Partners will be offering Pet Partners Handler Training courses on the following dates in 2019:
- Saturday, September 14, 2019 (@ Platte Valley Medical Center)
- Saturday, October 19, 2019 (@ Castle Rock Adventist Hospital)
Note: You do not need to be a DPP Member to sign up for Handler Training.
Pet Partners® Team Evaluations – 2019
Denver Pet Partners will be offering Pet Partners Team Evaluations on the following dates in 2019:
- Saturday & Sunday, August 17-18, 2019 (@ Rocky Vista University)
- Saturday & Sunday, October 5-6, 2019 (@ Rocky Vista University)
- Saturday & Sunday, November 9-10, 2019 (@ Rocky Vista University)