OK, I’m Ready—What's Next?

 

Please read over this section entirely before submitting an application to test with Creature Comfort. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Our Service Area

 

Creature Comfort Pet Therapy teams need to visit within the service area indicated on this map. Most visits occur within 30 miles of Morristown, NJ. Please consider your location and proximity to our service area before committing to the application process. Visit days/times vary and are determined by our partner facilities. Most visits occur on weekdays and end by 5:00pm. We do have some weekend visits and a couple of evening visits. If your schedule is not flexible, please contact us at info@ccpettherapy.org so we can determine what we have available to you before starting the process to certify.

 

Pet Requirements

 

• Calm and friendly

• Ok with erratic movements and loud noises

• At least one year old

• Clean and well-groomed

• Has been with the owner for at least 6 months

• LOVES meeting strangers

• Neutral with other animals

• LOVES getting hugged and petted

 

 

Handler Requirements

 

• At least 12 years old with supervision or over 18 years old without supervision

• In close proximity to our service area

• Do a minimum of 2 visits per month

• Relaxed and confident

• Friendly personality

• Interested in people

 

The Certification Process

 

The certification consists of 5 steps. The process to get certified can take a minimum of 3 weeks and as long as 3 months depending on when your completed application is received. Evaluations often fill up 4 weeks in advance and we frequently have a waiting list. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

 

STEP 1: Application

 

We must have a separate application form for each individual. The application includes the following and will not be processed until all below items are received. We cannot hold spots for Evaluations if the application is incomplete.

 

  • Payment
  • Proof of current Rabies vaccine
  • Proof of current Distemper vaccine
  • Current Town License

 

STEP 2: Evaluation Test Prep Webinar

 

This is a live online presentation that reviews the evaluation test step by step.

 

STEP 3: Evaluation Test

 

The Pet Therapy Evaluation is a combination test of obedience, pet temperament and visit simulations. Each Evaluation test is generally 20-30 minutes long and certifies the handler with that specific pet only. If you wish to do visits with two or more dogs, you must pass the Evaluation test with each dog separately. If more than one person in the family wishes to do visits, they must each pass the evaluation with the animal. The Evaluation test is held in Morristown, NJ

 

Evaluation Test Overview

 

  • Walking at heel
  • Staying in position when approached by a friendly stranger
  • Accepting handling by evaluator (brushing, touching all over, inspection of teeth/ears/eyes, restrained hug for 10 seconds)
  • Basic Obedience (Sit, Down, Stay, Come)
  • Simulated visiting of a person in a wheelchair/using a walker
  • Walking through a noisy crowd
  • Group petting
  • Leaving treats laying on the floor
  • Taking a treat gently
  • Approaching a handler with a neutral dog then staying in position while handlers greet each other.

 

If you do not pass the Evaluation and are given the option to retest, you may do so in the three months following the failed Evaluation. Certification is valid for two years.

 

STEP 4: Orientation

 

This is a two-hour overview of what it means to be a CCPT team member and will prepare you for visits. This is held in Morristown, NJ.

 

STEP 5: Mentor Visit

 

Before you head out on your own, we will set you up with an experienced therapy team to help you through your first visit.

 

Fees

New teams will receive access to the webinar, evaluation, orientation, mentor visit; t-shirt, badges and certificate suitable for framing. CCPT insurance covers volunteer teams in good standing for visits at CCPT approved facilities ONLY.

 

New Team $100.00

Additional Family member with the same pet +$50.00

Additional pet +$25.00

Re-certification (every 2 years) $25.00

Re-test $25.00

 

Refund Policy

You will receive a full refund if you cancel more than one week before your scheduled evaluation date. No refunds will be given for cancellations within one week of your scheduled evaluation.

 

If you do not pass your evaluation and are invited to retest, you will be given the choice of retesting at a later date or a $25 refund.

 

Get Started!

 

To begin the process, please have the following ready:

  • Major Credit Card or Paypal account
  • Copies of Rabies, Distemper vaccines and town license

 

 

Start Filling Out the Application!

 

 

 

Upcoming Evaluation, Orientation and Webinar Dates

 

Test Prep Webinar - Feb. 23, March 23, 7pm - 9pm (online)

 

Evaluation Test - March 4, April 1 (test time will be

 provided -  at Atlantic Rehab Institute, Morristown)

 

Orientation - Feb. 14th, March 4, April 3, 7 pm - 9 pm (at

 Atlantic Rehab Institute, Morristown)

 

 

 

 

 

info@ccpettherapy.org

973-285-9083

P.O. Box 872, Morris Plains, NJ 07950

 

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