Feb2006We believe that dog training should revolve around positive reinforcement, praise, fun, and showing the dog how to be successful. We do not believe in forceful negative corrections that overwhelm and confuse the dog. Therapy is not based on punitive or aversive measures and neither should the training of the therapy dog.

Good dog training does not just happen; it is the product of enthusiastic instructors possessing a broad base of experience with dogs. Each dog is unique, has its own way of learning, and has its own problems and needs.You should always strive to bring out the BEST in every dog and work with a knowledgeable instructor!


Paws For Healing offers a formal training program with the following requirements:

For Completion of the Paws for Healing Training Program


Education & Licensing

_____ Master’s or higher mental health degree in a counseling-related field


_____ Current and active state license to practice clinical mental health services


Play Therapy Requirement

_____ Current and active Registered Play Therapist or Registered Play Therapist Supervisor credential with Association for Play Therapy (APT)


Training/Workshop Hours

_____ Completion of a minimum of 40 instruction hours by approved Paws for Healing Instructor (either on site or at approved trainings)


Online Course Completions (~10 hours each; certificates from Dr. Rise VanFleet)

_____ Introduction to Animal Assisted Play Therapy

_____ Canine Communication in AAPT


Supervised Practice

_____ Minimum of 50 hours of CAPT direct contact (while under supervision)


_____ Minimum of 20 hours of CAPT specific supervision by approved Paws For Healing Supervisor



_____ Must observe at least 5 CAPT sessions from approved Paws For Healing Supervisor and provide a written conceptualization as well as progress notes from each of the sessions


_____ Must provide at least 5 videotaped CAPT sessions of your own for review and critique by approved Paws For Healing Supervisor


_____ Must attend and observe at least two nationally recognized therapy dog evaluations


_____ Canine Co-Therapist needs to be evaluated and certified through a nationally recognized therapy dog program and the AKC’s CGC program.

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