Therapy Dog Evaluation

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TLC’s Companion Paws Therapy Dog Evaluation


Everyone at Companion Paws is a dog lover.  As such, we only qualify dogs who enjoy interacting with strangers to protect dogs who don’t from being over-stressed or forced into such activities.

CPC Evaluators have extensive experience working with dogs and their owners, and are very knowledgeable about dog behavior.

To qualify as a therapy dog, the dog must have an up to date medical health records letter from his or her veteranarian and must have no aggression towards people or other dogs (including un-neutered male dogs).

Personal Therapy Dog handlers will be required to bring a letter from your current mental health professional prior to performing the evaluation. The letter from your current mental health professional must be on letter head, with date, signature, your name and why a therapy dog would benefit you.

Assisted Therapy Dog handlers will be required to bring a letter on a letter head with business details for registration prior to the evaluation.

Visiting Therapy Dog handlers will be required to complete the Visiting Therapy Dog form for registration prior to performing the evaluation.

For evaluations in the Okanagan of BC, once registered, you also have the option to visit our partner veterinary clinic, Dr. Oz from Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital in West Kelowna.  You will receive a wonderful discount as part of The LifeLine Canada Foundation’s Companion Paws program. Call them directly to make an appointment (250) 769-9109. 

Prior to being admitted into the CPC evaluation, a brief temperament test will be performed on the dog by a CPC evaluator.

The CPC evaluation is divided into two stages and has 14 individual tests and additional exercises within each test. The temperament evaluation is not included in this number.

During testing, there will be people and dogs standing outside the testing area.  Kids will be included in one or more of the individual tests.  We also include an exercise that includes being in a dark room where people are moving out in response to a power outage as well as an exercise to predict a dog’s temperament if someone grabs the dogs face or attempts to pick the dog up.

Testing Requirements Summary:

  • Accepting a Friendly Stranger
  • Sitting Politely for Petting
  • Out for a Walk (Walking on a close leash)
  • Walking Through a Crowd
  • Sit and Down on Command (Staying in one place)
  • Coming When Called
  • Reaction to Another Dog
  • Reactions to Distractions
  • Reaction to Medical Equipment
  • Leave It
  • Acclamations and Infirmities
  • Supervised Separation (time – one minute)
  • Say Hello

Minimum age for evaluation is 1.5 years old. There is no age limit on dogs for the evaluation.

Upon passing the therapy dog evaluation, you will receive a Companion Paws vest, card, certificate and registration.

Pre Registration required.  Limit of space per evaluations.

Evaluation Cost $195



  • Calgary
  • Edmonton

New Evaluation Dates Coming Soon!


British Columbia

  • Penticton
    Evaluation Location #115 -1475 Fairview Rd, Penticton, BC V2A 7W5


March 13th, 2018 (4:00pm – 6:00pm)

April 23rd, 2018 (4:00pm – 6:00pm)


New British Columbia locations and dates coming soon!


Please complete the CPC Evaluation registration form and payment below.



  • Guelph
    Evaluation location Dogwood Centre dog training arena, 4424 Victoria Road South R.R.#1, Suite 3, Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0


February 25th, 2018 (4:00pm – 6:00pm)

March 25th, 2018 (4:00pm – 6:00pm)


Please complete the CPC Evaluation registration form and payment below.


Congratulations on making it through the Companion Paws Therapy Dog Workshop. Lets get your dog evaluated and certified as a Companion Paws Therapy Dog! The following is a two part process involving registering with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for a time, date and location to complete the evaluation and then completing the process by paying for the evaluation to ensure your spot. Do not forget to proceed to the payment part of the process after registering.


C.P.C. Therapy Dog Evaluation Registration

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