Becoming a Visiting Pet Team
*Handler must be at least 16 years old. Dog must be at least 1 year old and have lived in your household for 6 months.
Attend a New Member’s Orientation meeting held on the second Saturday at 9:30 a.m. of each month (except July and December).
We will go over the requirements for you and your dog in detail. We would love to meet your dog at this meeting!
Have your pet’s health screened by a veterinarian.
Must be in good health, have current immunizations and be completely heartworm free!
Ensure that your pet knows basic obedience skills on command: sit, down, come, stay, etc.
Also, your pet must not be aggressive towards other animals or people and must not bark or can be silenced on command. Must be friendly to all people and want to visit people. Local obedient classes are offered at Pet Smart and MS Gulf Coast Kennel Club.
Schedule and attend a mock evaluation.
This is a practice evaluation that will bring you and your dog through all of the skills and aptitude steps. This will prepare you for the official evaluation.
Visit Pet Partners website and sign up and complete Pet Partners training course offered in an easy online format.
6. Pass Pet Partner’s Evaluation (Skills and Aptitude) with your pet.
7. Go online to complete registration packet and submit to Pet Partners.
Include our Pet Partners' Community Partner #99433
After you receive your temporary identification badge, you will be paired with an Environmental Leader in the facilities you wish to visit. She/he will schedule one shadow visit and two observing visits. Once these visits have been successfully completed you will be free to visit on your own or in a group.