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Become a Therapy Dog Team​

Maybe you have been thinking of becoming a therapy dog team.  You see how much your dog brings to your life and how much others enjoy him. Maybe you have been thinking about volunteering but didn't know how to go about it. 

There are so many ways in which you can give back with a therapy dog.  In addition to Fair Shake, therapy dogs visit children and adults in hospitals, residents in nursing homes, and help college kids de-stress during exams. 

Wondering if your dog has what it takes?

 The most important determinant is temperament. If your dog is:

  • Highly social with new people 

  • Good in new situations

  • Tolerant of handling

  • Knows basic manners 

  • Under control  (They may be calm or energetic as long as they are under control)
     

Any breed or mixed breed can be a therapy dog. Dogs must be one year old and for A Fair Shake, weigh at least 15 pounds. 

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Therapy Dog Organizations

There are two major therapy dog organizations in New York City -- Pet Partners, the largest therapy dog organization in the country, and The Good Dog Foundation, the largest regional therapy dog organization

Please reach out to either organization or contact us and we will be happy to walk you through the process.