Become a Pet Partner Team with TAU
As Utah’s only Pet Partners® affiliate (http://petpartners.org), all of our training classes and team evaluations are conducted by licensed Pet Partners instructors and evaluators. If you have your own appropriate companion animal – dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, domestic rat, hook-billed bird, pot-bellied pig, horse or llama you can join us to become registered as a Pet Partner Team. By joining TAU and Pet Partners you will be covered by Pet Partner’s liability insurance policy whenever and where ever you volunteer with your “Pet Partner®”. Read More
Step 1: Training the Human End of the Leash
Attend the eight hour Pet Partner Handler’s Training course held at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT and also at the George E. Wahlen Veteran’s Home in Ogden. TAU now offers the new eight hour, one day interactive course instead of the 12 hour course that iwas conducted over two or more days. Upcoming classes will be listed in the ‘Events’ box on the upper right of this page. The cost for this course is $65.00, which includes the Pet Partner Student Manual, lunch and all handout materials.
Step 2A: Before Evaluation - Basic Obedience (for dogs)
Your dog should know and reliably follow basic obedience commands, be controllable, reliable, inspire confidence in the clients they visit and enjoy interacting with and being touched by people. Basic obedience commands include ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘stay’, ‘heel’, ‘come’ when called and ‘leave it’. ‘Leave it’ is a very important command to protect your pet from possibly ingesting something harmful during a visit.
Although many dogs have good manners at home, your dog must also behave in varied situations, around distractions, loud noises and around different people. These things are illustrated in athe Pet Partner Handler’s Training Course (Step 1).
We want you and your dog to succeed! Though not required by TAU, you and your dog are encouraged to attend a ‘beginners’ class before signing up for a team evaluation. If you would like some help, we can recommend the trainers on our Partners and Friends page.
Step 2B: Team Evaluation
After you complete the TAU Handler’s training course and you feel your dog is ready, sign up for a team evaluation. This is an assessment of the handler and animal partners in various situations common to what therapy teams will encounter. The evaluation takes 30-45 minutes and are scheduled throughout the year. TAU charges $30.00 for the team evaluation – the fee is good for three attempts should the team be deemed ‘not ready’ in one or more areas of the skills and aptitudes outlined by Pet Partners. Should you be deemed ‘not ready’, the evaluator will give feedback on what needs to be improved before you and your pet return at no additional cost. Team evaluations are scheduled monthly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you’d like to schedule an evaluation.
Step 3: Health Screening
Your animal must be current on all required vaccinations and have a complete health screening form completed by their veterinarian. If you don’t already have a preferred veterinarian, you may want to contact one of the clinics listed on our Partners and Friends
Step 4: Join Us!
After completing the above steps, submit your paperwork to Pet Partners to become a registered Pet Partner Team and a member of Pet Partners. The cost for joining Pet Partners for two years is $95.00. This is reduced to $50.00 for two years if you also join TAU (because we are a Pet Partner afilliate). Therapy Animals of Utah’s annual dues are $35.00 (dues are reduced for seniors, students or the disabled). TAU provides mentoring for all of our new teams and ongoing support for our members. TAU periodically conducts continuing education classes for our members free of charge. (Download Application)
Therapy Animals of Utah – 801-706-1389
2459 West 300 North, Provo, UT, 84601