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There are five steps to become a Certified Bright Spot Therapy Dog Team.

STEP 1. Complete the Screening Questionnaire which determines if your dog meets the basic requirements to be certified.

Email your Questionnaire to: Diane Houston at mkarb.brightspot@gmail.com        OR

Mail to: Diane Houston, 449 West Pelham Rd., Amherst, MA, 01002. Following the review of your Questionnaire, you will be emailed a Volunteer Application or contacted for clarification.

STEP 2. Register for an upcoming therapy dog course by submitting:

  • Volunteer Application form indicating the location and dates of the course you wish to take

  • $150 fee for the training course and evaluation ( nonrefundable check payable to Bright Spot Therapy Dogs)

  • A copy of your dog’s rabies certificate

Once these three items are received you will be sent an email confirming your registration for the course.

STEP 3. Attend all sessions of the training course. At the completion of the course, you will receive an email from the evaluator with possible dates, times and location of the on-site evaluation. Allow approximately one hour for the evaluation.

STEP 4. Pass the on-site evaluation. The evaluator will check your dog’s grooming and ask the team to perform the basic obedience skills. Then you will be observed conducting an actual visit demonstrating the skills taught during the course.

STEP 5. Become a Certified Bright Spot Therapy Dog Team by mailing the $45 new member fee and a copy of the Veterinary Health Certificate (Keep the original in your member file.)

The New Member Fee includes:

  • Certificate of Certification

  • Certificate of Volunteer Liability Insurance

  • Bright Spot dog vest

  • ID badges for handler and dog

  • Bright Spot T-shirt

The annual re-certification fee is $25, payable no later than July 1.

For an active member to certify an additional dog, the fee is $35 for the evaluation only.

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