Our handlers and their therapy dogs are registered through Pet Partners. For nearly forty years, Pet Partners has been the leader in demonstrating and promoting animal assistant activities and therapy. Furthermore, Pet Partners continues to research and offer updated information through educating handlers on the world of pet therapy. Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi prides itself that all of our team members are trained and evaluated exclusively through Pet Partners.
Before you can schedule an evaluation, you must successfully complete the Pet Partners training online and print out your certificate. This certificate will permit you to schedule an evaluation. Go to petpartners.org for online training information.
Evaluations take approximately 45 minutes and they act as a simulated visit. The team evaluation process evaluates how well the handler interprets and manages the animal response to the handler. The evaluation also determines how well the animal does in semi-unpredictable situations. Together, the evaluator can gather information that will determine if the team is a good fit for pet therapy.
The evaluation consists of 21 steps covering skills and aptitude.
Click on links below to print out the complete evaluation format.