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Know your dog's behavior and watch for sign of stress (stress signs), if your dog shows signs of stress politely excuse yourself. Reassure and praise you dog on visits.​

  • Before visiting a facility know your contact person, know their policies and what entrance they want you to use.​

  • Allow enough time before your visit to exercise your dog and allow for a potty break.​

  • Have your ID Card and ID Tag, always carry you dog's current rabies vaccination record with you in case the facility ask.​

  • Always think of your dogs needs. bring a water bowl, clean-up supplies, disinfectant whips, mat or blanket. ​

  • Don't Work too long or too often.​

  • Make sure your dog is being touch appropriately.​

  • Take control of crowding, your dog needs to know that you have it under control.

  • Educate people about dogs on how to be safe around them and to observe the dog's personal space, hugging, face to face, and kissing.

  • Always ask before you approach a person for a visit with your dog.


  • Your Photo ID and Dog's ID tags from Dogs With A Purpose

  • Carry a copy of your Therapy Dog's rabies vaccination record, don't relay on your rabies tags

  • A copy of your insurance (most facilities will already have it on file - this is just for good measure)

  • Antiseptic wipes for your dog and yourself

  • Collapsable dog water bowl (useful but not necessary)

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