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Guidelines for Caring Canines Therapy Dog Club Dogs



  • A Therapy Dog must be at least one year old.


  • A Therapy Dog must be current with all vaccinations required by the State of Vermont.  Vaccination records will be collected annually by CCTDC and kept on file.


  • Dogs must have a physical exam and stool check annually.


  • Female dogs must not be in season when doing Therapy Dog work.


  • Dogs who do not feel well (i.e., diarrhea, itchy ears, or other signs of impending illness) should not participate in Therapy Dog work until well again.


  • Dogs must be on leashes that are 4 feet long or less.  Please note that “flexi leads” and chain leashes are not acceptable.  Harnesses, including “no-pull” harnesses, are acceptable.


  • Prong or pinch (choke) collars are not permitted.


  • Dogs must NEVER be let off leash.


  • Dogs must be clean, well groomed, and free of fleas.  Toenails should be short.


  • Dogs must not be treated with oily flea treatments within one week of a visit.  The residue could be transferred to a client while petting.


  • While Therapy Dog vests are not mandatory, we encourage all members to utilize them while on visits.  It identifies your dog as a working Therapy Dog and not just a “pet” visiting a facility.  In addition, many dogs recognize their vests as a sign that it is “time to go to work” and adjust their behavior accordingly.


  • Dogs should never get on a bed, lap, etc. unless invited by the client.  Never let your dog “kiss” a resident or wound.


  • Therapy dog Teams must conduct themselves in a professional, orderly fashion.  Do not allow your dog to play or roughhouse with other dogs while on therapy dog visits.