Enhancing Well-Being and Education with Pet Assisted Therapy

Bringing People and Pets Together

Training and Registration

Pet Assisted Therapy Foundational Training is integrated into group classes at Dog Talk Training and Wellness.

We invite you to visit Pet Partners Corporate and New England Pet Partners, Inc.501c.3. There are prerequisites for becoming a Registered Pet Partner Team.

We encourage you to choose trainers/coaches who are aware of the needs of becoming a successful pet therapy team. Basic socialization and manners, gradual desensitization to sights, sounds and smells helps to grow happy, healthy and confident dogs, while integrating training, with the tools learned in class, into daily living and learning

(Awareness Centered Training - ACT by Maureen Ross, MA).   

The relationship with our dogs matters, especially in stressful situations. ACT is about balance, relationship, education enrichment, well-being -  teaching with kindness, understanding - and learning how dog’s communicate (body language).

If you need additional mentoring to increase confidence or practice before a team evaluation, call 603-635-3647 to set up a coaching session. I am a Licensed Team Evaluator but I do NOT evaluate teams I have trained. We have several qualified Licensed Evaluators - and 3 at each event. Plus, we have been helping to create qualified registered pet partner teams for over 20 years! Professionally, we want teams to be confident, empowered and believe in themselves wherever they happen to visit or be with their dogs. It is all about the relationship and awareness of what’s going on around us and our dogs.    

Pets considered for a therapy program must enjoy interactions with people and be safely manageable in stressful situations. Owners/handlers will be engaging with staff, patients, family members, parents, and oftentimes, disenchanted people who don’t get “why a pet is in the facility”.  Learning to carefully defuse stressful situations is a skill that bodes well if you are interested in pet assisted therapy. Dogs rely on us to  guide them in situations where you may need to calm the chaos, redirect or manage interactions.  

Becoming a Registered Pet Partner Team is a journey about relationship and process, one that is well worth the effort, if your intention is to share your pet with others and enjoy your dog’s company for a lifetime.

Let’s de-mystify becoming a Pet Partner Team - given the present changes to online registering and renewing.

Feel free to call Pet Partners any time for help in clarifying how to register, set up your profile, and renew at

425-679-5500 - or email operations@petpartners.org.

When you are ready to become a team, and book a Team Evaluation with New England Pet Partners, journey below for a summary of steps. Please read:

Please read How to become a Registered Pet Partner

Refer to the Online Pet Partner’s Team Handler’s Course

Email maureenr@nepetpartners.org or call 603-635-3647

For puppy / dog training class start dates journey to Dog Talk Events  / We are New England Pet Partners, Inc.

Check NEPP’s Events Calendar and/or Pet Partners - for workshops and team evaluations through-out the USA.   

Sign up for NEPP CONNECTS for our updates / events.

Team Evaluations are updated regularly at Pet Partners.                                                                                                                           


Team Evaluations De-Mystified

Licensed Team Evaluators

To become a Registered Pet Partner Team you and your dog (pet) must:

Team Evaluations are scheduled nationally.

To find a regional location visit Pet Partners or

New England Pet Partners, Community Pet Partners #46489 (New Hampshire).

Visit Events at this website for our Registration Form and Event Dates.

For prerequisites, training and practicums to become a Licensed Team Evaluator or Instructor please visit

Pet Partners     

How To Become a Registered Pet Partner Team