Pet Partners Handler Course

ElderPet is starting to come out of COVID hibernation. The In-Person Handler Course has not yet been scheduled, but should be soon. Check back here or on the Pet Partners calendar frequently.

Note: Please read all the information under the Therapy Animal Program tab before signing up for a course.

The Pet Partners Handler Course can be taken as an in-person workshop with ElderPet or on-line course through Pet Partners. Handlers will learn about ways they can support their animal while on visits, interact with different types of clients, the real-life application of the standards/best practices of Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program. This will include preparing the handler for the team evaluation. The in-person class is highly recommended because of interaction with other future handlers, role play, and being able to ask questions of the instructor and guest team. This course is for the handler only. Pets do not accompany the handler for this course.

Pet Partners In-Person Handler Courses Offered by ElderPet

Please register on-line with Pet Partners for the Course then fill out the form linked below and send it in.

Cost of the course, which includes the Handler Guide, handouts and light refreshments is $50. (Two people from the same household may register for $75 and use the same Guide.) The Team Evaluation is taken after the course is completed and is registered for separately. (Handlers may choose to register when they register for the course or wait until after the course to schedule an evaluation. Forms for the evaluations are found at this link: Team Evaluation Registration)

Class date: TBD
Class time: 8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Location: TBD
Registration Deadline: 2 weeks before course
Evaluation: Date to be to be scheduled separately by Handler (See Evaluation Page)

Registration Form

Travel Directions

An acknowledgement email will be sent when the print registration form and check are received. A letter will be sent about 10 days -2 weeks before the course which will include reminders for the handler.

If this date and time are not convenient but you wish to take an in-person course, check the Pet Partners website course calendar for other courses being offered in New England states.

On-Line Course Through Pet Partners (For those who cannot schedule the in-person class)

Those wishing to take the course on-line need to register through the Volunteer Center at the Pet Partners website then register for the Handler's Course.  This course can be taken at the handler's convenience and costs $70.

Once the course is complete, the handler will need to register for a Team Evaluation.