P.U.P.S. Requirements
Practicing Until Properly Socialized - Therapy Dogs In-Training

We at are very excited to offer our new P.U.P.S. in-training program especially designed for young pups preparing to becoming Therapy Dogs! We do, however, have the following special requirements and visitation rules specific to this program. Please feel free to contact for further information.


  • Dogs must be at least eight (8) months old.

  • Handlers must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Dogs must have completed one (1) formal obedience class.

  • Dogs must have completed all vaccination series.

  • The P.U.P.S. Team must attend our
  • Introduction to Becoming a Therapy Dog Team Workshop prior to making visits.


  • While in-training, P.U.P.S. Teams will be required to make on-going visits to one (1) facility for the first six (6) months and must wear the in-training ID tags on all visits.

  • All visits should be documented on the visitation log form and submitted at the end of the six (6) month training period.

  • Facility director, recreation or activities director will complete a monthly evaluation of the P.U.P.S. team during this six (6) month period.

  • When the dog becomes a year old and has successfully completed six (6) months of documented visits, the P.U.P.S. Team membership will be converted to Active Therapy Dog Team status and the team will receive a therapy dog certification and a registered therapy dog ID tag.




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Scituate, MA 02066
(781) 264-5537

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