What is AAT?
When pets visit public facilities such as hospitals and libraries, they bring with them unconditional love and proven psychological and medical benefits. A visit from an affectionate, trained companion animal and his or her handler is of immense emotional help to children and adults. AAT has been shown to enhance both physical and mental health.
The Oregon Humane Society can help individuals interested in this rewarding practice; our training opportunities are listed below.
Not sure your pet is ready for this program? Check out the prerequisites for becoming a registered Pet Partners team. You can also schedule a free pre-interview to help determine your pet's appropriateness for the program. Email us or call (503) 802-6713 to schedule.
What AAT Isn't
The Oregon Humane Society does not offer service dog training nor provide funding for individuals who want to acquire service dogs. Service Dogs are trained to be a companion to one person who often has a specific disability. You can find more information on these websites: www.affluent.net/sara/ or www.cci.org.
Training Opportunities at OHS
We offer training for both you and your pet so that you can become registered with the national organization Pet Partners.
I. Pet Partner All-Inclusive Training Course
Come learn the skills you need to provide caring, professional and safe visits with your dog to hospitals, assisted-living facilities, classrooms, libraries, schools and other facilities. The Pet Partner Class offers extensive instruction regarding the practice of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) along with role-playing exercises to improve your skills for visiting different types of people and settings.
II. AAT Pet Partner Class (for people only)
We offer an all day Pet Partner Class several times a year for handlers only.
Proceeds from registration fees support the animals and programs at OHS. Thank you!
Team Evaluation Opportunities
To be eligible for evaluation, you must have a certificate of completion from a Pet Partners Handler Class. Learn more about the Pet Partners Team Evaluation.
Important Note: The OHS AAT Pet Partners Handler and Dog Training Classes includes an opportunity to take the Team Evaluation. If you have signed up for an AAT Pet Partners class, you do not need to register for the evaluation separately.
Contact the Behavior department or call (503) 802-6713.