What is it?
When pets visit public facilities such as hospitals and libraries, they bring with them unconditional love and proven psychological and medical benefits. A vist from an affectionate, trained companion animal and his or her handler is of immense emotional help to children and adults. AAI has been shown to enhance both physical and mental health.
The Oregon Humane Society can help individuals interested in this rewarding practice in several ways:
Our services are available a la carte or together.
We offer training for both you and your pet so that you can become registered with the national organization - the Delta Society. We offer manual training for people, dog training instruction for people with dogs, as well as practice lab sessions if you need to brush up your skills before it's time to evaluate.
I. Pet Partner Training Class-The Manual
All day workshop
Come to our all day class and learn what you need to know as an animal-assisted interactions pet handler. Build skills for working with people, managing your pet to perform best, and understand how to be safe while helping others. As part of your all day class, you will receive the official Pet Partners Manual from the Delta Society. For the book portion of training, the cost is per person. This class includes one evaluation at a later date for which you can sign up at class.
II. Pet Partner Prep School
Specialized Dog Training (4 weeks of class)
Just as important as book knowledge is hands-on training with your pet. The AAI prep school at OHS prepares individuals and their animals to take the national Pet Partner Skills & Aptitude Evaluation exam administered by the Delta Society. Pet Partner teams that pass the exam are recognized as having the skills need to bring pets into health care facilities, libraries, schools and other organizations. The OHS AAI prep school classes are taught by Lori Kirby, CPDT (certified pet dog trainer) who is a licensed Delta Society Pet Partner Team Evaluator and Instructor. For prep school classes, the cost is per dog. So a couple may attend for one fee with their dog.
III. Practice Labs - One hour sessions
Time to work on tricky parts of the evaluation!
In our practice labs, you can come and spend an hour working on any parts of the evaluation that may prove more challenging for you or your pet. Spend time with our program leader and get feedback and instruction regarding how to perform best and uphold pet partner team requirements. For the lab practice sessions, the spay/neuter requirement does not apply. Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations for parvo, distemper, bordatella and rabies. The cost for a practice lab session is per dog, so a couple may attend with their dog for one fee.
Requirements for AAI Classes
2010 AAI Class Schedule & Online Registration
Check out our upcoming AAI class schedule and sign up now!
Call us if you have any questions (503) 802-6713