Through our Companion Paws program, we test 3 types of Animal Assisted Therapy Dogs;
Personal Therapy Dog (first program of its kind in Canada): A personal therapy dog is a trained, evaluated and certified dog that brings benefits to their owners/handlers that struggle with mental health conditions.
Assisted Therapy Dog: Assisted Therapy Dogs join their handler/owner (typically educators, teachers, psychologists, counsellors and doctors) at their workplace to help their students, clients, customers and/or patients.
Visiting Therapy Dog: Typically, Visiting Therapy Dogs visit hospitals, schools, hospices, nursing homes and more. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs are encouraged to interact with a variety of people while they are on-duty including petting the therapy dog.
Companion Paws Frequently Asked Questions
Please click this link to find Answers to the Companion Paws available programs and process.
Companion Paws Adoptions
Now is an exciting time for us here at TLC. We have started our Companion Paws program, the first of its kind in Canada for Canadians in need. Please thoroughly read through before applying to adopt a Companion Paws dog by clicking this link.
We will be working with rescue dogs and retired service dogs. CPC dogs will NOT be certified as service animals (although that is just one step further in the training), the dogs will be trained as therapy companion animals. The strict level of training needed to complete the program will be set by TLC Foundation while the certification exam is performed by Therapy Dog evaluators. Upon completion and passing of the therapy dog evaluation, the new owner will receive a CPC Therapy Dog vest, identification card and authentication certificate from TLC for the CPC dog.
Companion Paws Workshops
Certifying your own personal pet as a Companion Animal is also available as part of the Companion Paws (CPC) program for assisted therapy, visiting therapy and personal therapy. If you have your own well trained dog and are looking for him or her to become a Companion Paws animal for Assisted therapy, Visiting therapy or Personal therapy, please register for the mandatory pre-assessment workshop by clicking this link.
Companion Paws Evaluations
If you have passed the pre-assessment workshop, please click here to register for your final evaluation.
Companion Paws (Canada) pets are not Service Dogs or Guide Dogs. CPC pets are designated Therapy Animals. Therapy Dogs are trained and tested in therapy companion obedience. Interaction with a Therapy Pet provides therapeutic, motivational, educational and recreational benefits to enhance quality of life. Therapy pets DO NOT share the public access rights granted to service pets and may be denied admittance to public places. Companion Paws Canada pets do not have special privileges beyond those granted to any other pet in public places, on public transportation or in private buildings such as apartment blocks where the keeping of pets is restricted or prohibited.