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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 course 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 course.

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.

Course Locations



Start/End Date

Mandatory Dates

St. Leonard
8100 Clyo Rd
Centerville, OH



September 5 – October 31

September 26
October 17
October 31

Fairborn Senior Center
325 North 3rd Street
Fairborn, OH



September 6 – November 1

September 27
October 18
November 1

Bethany Lutheran Village
6451 Far Hills Ave
Dayton, OH


10:00am-12 noon

September 11 – November 6

October 2
October 23
November 6

Graduation will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 7-9PM

mvPTa Class Registration Form

To attend our next session, complete this form and return it with the $125 fee to: mvPTa, P. O. Box 675, Troy, OH 45373. If two people attend with one pet, the cost is $250.00. Contact our office (937)286-0028 if you have any questions.

Registrations postmarked by July 21, 2017 will have a discounted fee of $115.

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 4, 2017
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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