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Packets must be printed and mailed in at least 2 weeks prior to class start date.
Class size is limited.
Class locations could change based on need, so please check back.

mvPTa offers multiple 7-week training courses each year. The purpose of the class is to teach handlers the basic skills required for visiting with their pet. Topics include: Role play in handling yourself and your pet in a variety of situations; recognizing animal’s behavioral signs of stress; learning methods to de-stress an animal; etiquette during visits; HIPAA and other facility policies; and how to prepare for a visit. Teams, both student and animal are evaluated for suitability for pet therapy throughout the 7-week class.

Course Pre-Requisites:
Pet Aptitude: Confident, calm, cooperative, gets along with animals and people, adjusts to changes in the environment.

Pet Manners/Obedience: This is not an obedience training class. Dogs must have the following basic skills prior to starting class, which will be evaluated by a prescreening process on week 1. If not proficient in these skills, the team will not be accepted into class. Needed skills: sit, down, stay, walk with a loose leash, greet people/animals calmly.

Collar Requirements:

Allowed Collars: Only buckle, quick release, and martingale (without chain).
Not Allowed Collars: Slip, training (choke chains, prong collars, shock collars) body and/or head harnesses.

Pet Age: Pets must have lived with the handler for at least 1 year.

Handler Age: Handlers must be at least 12 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times until they are 16 years of age. Handlers need a parent’s approval from the age of 16 – 18 years old.

Vet Check Form: You will be sent a vet check form to be completed by your veterinarian. A negative fecal test needs to be completed within 30 days of prescreening.

Course Locations



Start/End Date

Mandatory Dates

Bethany Lutheran Village
6451 Far Hills Ave
Dayton, OH


10:00am-12 noon

March 26 – May 21

April 16
May 7
May 21


St. Leonard
8100 Clyo Rd
Centerville, OH



March 27 - May 22

April 17
May 8
May 22

Tipp City Veterinary Hospital & wellness Center
4900 S Co. Rd. 25A
Tipp City, OH



March 29 - May 24

April 19
May 10
May 24

Graduation will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 7-9PM

mvPTa Class Registration Form

To attend our next session, complete this form and return it with the $50 fee to: mvPTa, P. O. Box 675, Troy, OH 45373. If two people attend with one pet, the cost is $100.00. Contact our office (937)286-0028 if you have any questions.

Remember: certain classes fill up more quickly. Don’t delay in sending in your registration!

Make check or money order payable to “Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association”

PLEASE return this form no later than March 24, 2018
QUESTIONS? Call our office at (937) 286-0028

* Note: if you are repeating a class, there is no charge for the same handler, same pet.

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