LEND A PAW Therapy Dogs
|CGC Title, Certification OR Evaluation Tests||$50 each|
|Membership Registration (one-time donation)||
$250 Handler/Dog Team
LAST SATURDAY of EACH MONTH 10:30 am
Members login for details TRACK IT FORWARD
New inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org for details
TEST GUIDELINES -Test and Certifications provided per AKC/CGC standards by accredited CGC Evaluators. LEND A PAW is recognized by the AKC as an accredited organization for training and certification of therapy dogs AKC Title Recognition
FAQ about CERTIFICATION - LEND A PAW TEAMS
1. How do I sign up for certification for the LAP program?
a. Log in to your Track It Forward account.
b. Select "Event Sign Ups".
c. Select the test date and sign up.
d. You will receive an email confirmation.
NOTE: Please do NOT show up to take the test unless you signed up and received a confirmation.
2. What if I want to certify two or more dogs? (LAp reserves the right to limit the number of dogs per handler)
Each test session is limited to ONE handler and ONE dog teams. If you have more dogs to certify, here are the options:
A. To certify dogs at the same test session, each of your dogs must be handled by a LAP approved and certified LAP handler.
B. Enroll in other scheduled test sessions
3. What is the fee for testing or certification?
The certification fee is $50 for “one handler and one dog” team per session
Re-testing may be subject to a Certification fee.
4. What if my dog and/or I don’t pass the certification test?
You will have to sign up and re-test at another scheduled certification and pay the fee. LAP handlers are responsible for the training maintenance of their dogs.The video Certification Test sample shows the guidelines (#8 below outlines the 10 steps) of the test. Work with your dog to ensure success. No refunds are issued.
5. How long is each certification valid?
12 months from ISSUE date. LAP Handlers and their Dog(s) must be certified once annually during membership period. as per LAP manual and agreement. Handlers are strongly discouraged to work with expired or invalid certifications without prior approval. See #10 below.
6. Where can I find a schedule and locations for LAP certifications?
See CERTIFICATION SCHEDULE above
7. Will I receive a new ID card after certification?
New ID cards will be mailed to the address on file shortly after the certification test. One new holder and one lanyard will be mailed with new ID cards.
8. How should I prepare for the LAP certification test?
Watch this video Certification Test sample. Work with your dog to ensure success. Choke chains, prong collars and harnesses are not permitted for testing, so make sure your dog is able to perform while wearing a flat or Martingale collar on a fixed lead and no treats.
TEST 1. Accepting a friendly stranger - EV shakes hands with handler
TEST 2. Sitting for petting -
TEST 3 Grooming – Inspect ears, paws and use brush.
TEST 4. Walk – Follow path with loose leash and focus
TEST 5. Walking through a crowd
TEST 6. Sit, Down, Stay, handler walks away (on lead) and returns
TEST 7. Sit, Stay (off lead) handler walks away, Come (recall)
TEST 8. Reaction to another dog (sit is optional) Dog must not engage with other team
TEST 9. Distractions– Dog should not spook or startle. 2 barks OK.
TEST 10. Supervised separation – Handler walks out of sight for 3 minutes. Dog should not verbalize, stress, pant or bark.
During the test there will be food on the ground which dogs must ignore as well as toys, balls and noise. Additional props will be introduced which may include crutches, walker, wheelchair, skateboard and bicycle.
9. How long will it take to get certified?
The scheduled certification test is approx. 60 minutes with consideration to the size of the class and if there are no disruptions.
10. Can I get certified elsewhere by an independent CGC evaluator for the LAP program?
No. To represent and operate as an active & qualified member of LEND A PAW and visit LAP sites, certification must be performed ANNUALLY and issued by LAP to ensure that the organization has performed due diligence and with respect to liability and insurance purposes. Test and certifications are provided in accordance with AKC/CGC standards to provide handlers with a comprehensive reference to a widely recognized guideline.
11. How does the LAP program define “active & qualified” LAP members?
LAP Handlers and Dogs must have valid certifications issued within the last 12 months.
LAP Handlers must have the required annual service hours posted at TRACK IT FORWARD
Served hours must be no further apart than every other month in frequency
LAP Handlers must have a signed agreement on file
Any citations are subject to review prior to renewal
12. How can I get replacement LAP ID cards, holders & lanyards?
13. Where can I buy a replacement LAP T-shirt or LAP service vest?