Dogs have been helping people for thousands of years. With all we know now, we can make up for some of that one-sided friendship.

- Joanne Yates, President of 4Paws


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February 3, 2018 (Sat.): Therapy Dog Certification Class 10:00 - 4:30pm (New Life Center, 1310 Clegg Street, Petaluma)

February 10, 2018 (Sat.): Readers of the Pack™ Class, 10:00 - noon and Dog Evaluations, 1:00 - 4:00pm

(New Life Center, 1310 Clegg Street, Petaluma)

training class for dogs and volunteersTrainings are held four times a year and each consists of 2 classes and a handler/canine evaluation on 2 consecutive Saturdays. Classes are small so that we can work closely with teams and support them during the mentoring process.

That is why our classes fill up quickly and why we urge prospective volunteers to send in a complete application as soon as possible. Complete applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and includes all of the following:

- Canine Medical History, signed by your veterinarian
- Canine Profile
- Handler Profile
- Media and Liability Release
- Proof of Rabies and Vaccination Record
- Check for $100

Once 4Paws receives your application, our volunteer staff will email you a confirmation or let you know there are missing documents. Should you need to send additional information, your application will be set aside until all documents are received and your application complete.

The requirements to earn your certification and to volunteer as a 4Paws Team with your companion are:

- Attend Certification Class
- Attend a Readers of the Pack™ Class
- Complete Certification Checklists based on the 4Paws Manual
- Pass Handler/Canine Evaluation
- Complete 2 Mentoring Sessions

Additional consecutive Saturday training sessions will be held at New Life Center, 1310 Clegg St., Petaluma:

April 21 and 28, 2018

August 4 and 11, 2018

October 13 and 20, 2018

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Class Forms

Please complete the following forms and return to us at least 10 days before your class.