Companion Paws Canada (CPC)

Thank you for visiting our Companion Paws page! We are excited to introduce you to the Companion Paws Therapy Dog program. Please thoroughly read through all of the pages before completing an application form to ensure this program is right for you.

Companion Paws is dedicated to supporting Canadians in need while providing a second chance for pets from rescues throughout Canada through TLC’s Companion Paws Personal Therapy Dog Adoption Program. We also have a Certify Your Own Dog Program for individuals with their own trained dog. Personal, Assisted and Visiting Therapy Dog designations are available in the Certify Your Own Dog program.  As animal lovers ourselves, we know that a wagging tail and sloppy kiss can chase the blues away. We want to share the comfort of unconditional love and to bring the joy of having a best friend to those in need of emotional support. Several medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly improve mental and physical health, including reducing stress, depression and anxiety symptoms.  Our goal is to help individuals with emotionally based disorders discover the therapeutic, motivational, education and recreational benefits a therapy dog can have. A personal therapy dog (Companion Paws emotional support dog) is a trained, temperament tested, evaluated and certified dog that brings benefits to their owners/handlers that struggle with mental health conditions.

Please note CPC dogs are designated therapy dogs and will not be certified as service dogs. For more information on the difference between therapy, service and guide dogs click here

What we do:

We offer 3 Companion Paws programs for Therapy Dog certification;

  1. TLC’s Companion Paws Personal Therapy Dog Adoption Program
  2. TLC’S Companion Paws Assisted Therapy Dog Adoption Program
  3. TLC’s Companion Paws Therapy Dog Program for Owners/Handlers Certifying their Own trained dogs for Personal, Assisted or Visiting Therapy.

Through our Companion Paws program process, we assess and test 3 types of Animal Assisted Therapy Dogs;

Personal Therapy Dog (first program of its kind in Canada): A personal therapy dog (Companion Paws emotional support dog) is a trained, temperament tested, 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 Personal Therapy Dog Adoptions

Now is a very exciting time for us here at TLC. We have expanded our Companion Paws Adoption program across the country. Our program is the first of its kind for Personal Therapy Dogs (emotional support dogs) and Canadians in need.  If you are interested in knowing more about our Companion Paws Personal Therapy Dog Program, please click the following link Personal Therapy Dog Adoption to take you to the Adoption page for the complete program process details, requirements and how to apply.

Companion Paws Assisted Therapy Dog Adoptions

We have expanded our Companion Paws Adoption program for Assisted Therapy across the country. Our program is the first of its kind for Assisted Therapy.  If you are interested in knowing more about our Companion Paws Assisted Therapy Dog Program, please click the following link Assisted Therapy Dog Adoption to take you to the Adoption page for the complete program process details, requirements and how to apply.

Certifying Your Own Dog Companion Paws Therapy Dog

Certifying your own personal pet as a Companion Paws Therapy Dog is available as part of the Companion Paws (CPC) program for Personal therapy, Assisted therapy and Visiting therapy. If you have your own very well trained dog and are looking for him or her to become a Companion Paws dog for Personal, Assisted or Visiting therapy, please click the following link Certify Your Own Dog for more information, the complete program process, requirements and how to register for the program.