Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services

How to Join An Off-Leash Team

Prior to joining one of the off-leash teams, you and your pet must be existing Furry Friends members and participating in visits. An additional off-leash evaluation session is also required.

What's Different About an Off-Leash Team?

Working with your pet on one of our off-leash visits is a different experience from working with your pet on-leash. While Furry Friends does not specifically require obedience training, basic obedience skills are a must for a pet to have success on an off-leash visit.

What Behavior Is Required For My Pet to Join an Off-Leash Team?

At a minimum, dogs attending off-leash visits must be proficient at coming when called. While we obviously would expect a dog to be quicker to respond to a "come" command from their owner, a dog must still come when called by a friendly stranger.

Beyond coming when called, other expectations for the dogs include:

• General responsiveness to commands (sit, down, drop it, leave it, etc.)

• An ability to get along well with other dogs off-leash (deference displayed, no overt plays for dominance such as mounting)

• An ability to get along with cats

• No excessive barking

• No aggression displayed toward other animals or people

• No resource guarding of shared toys

• Appropriate play/not overly rambunctious, domineering, bullying etc.

• Greater interest in interacting with people than the other animals

These expectations for the pets, as well as the expectations for the human handlers, will be reviewed in detail during the class. Our new venue for this class will allow for better testing of off-leash play and interaction than we've had with our previous evaluations. Email admin@furryfriends.org to sign up for a class.

Is There A Cost For The Off-Leash Evaluation Class?

The cost for the evaluation per pet is $50. ALL handlers who are attending and handling the pet must be current Furry Friends members. ALL pets must be also be currently registered with Furry Friends. If you are bringing more than one pet to be evaluated with only one handler, please make sure to bring a crate to put the other pet in during your evaluation.

How Long Is The Class?

Approximately 1 ½ hours in length. Please make sure to show up on time for the class. If you are late to class, you may be asked to retake the class the next time it is offered.

When Are The Off-Leash Evaluation Classes Held?

March 12, 2017 ..... 1:30pm

June 25, 2017 ..... 1:30pm

September 24, 2017 ..... 1:30pm

The address will be sent upon paid registration for the class. Deadline for paid registration is two weeks prior to the class date. Class size will be limited to 15 pets.

PLEASE NOTE: If your dog has already been approved for Furry Friends off-leash visits, they do NOT need to attend this class! This is for members who wish to join an off-leash team and have not been evaluated for off-leash.