Class registration will continue through August 20th.
Come experience real life situations, have fun learning to become a member.

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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



August 27 – October 29
*No class on September 3 and October 1

August 27 October 15, 22, 29


St. Leonard Franciscan Center
8200 Provincial Way
Centerville, OH



September 4 - October 23

September 4 October 9, 16, 23

Fairborn Senior Center
325 North 3rd Street Fairborn, OH



September 5 - October 24

September 5 October 10, 17, 24

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 August 3, 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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