Therapy Dog Program at NCMC
North Colorado Medical Center invites volunteers and their certified therapy dogs to visit our patients to brighten their day. Studies have shown that pet therapy can improve emotional connections and reduce stress and feelings of loneliness.
Can my dog become a therapy dog?
Therapy dogs have wonderful temperaments, are obedient, have the ability to learn and are well groomed. They also must readily accept strangers, sit still amidst distractions and not react adversely to other dogs.
How do I get started?
- NCMC Therapy Dogs must be at least one year old, friendly to strangers and well-trained.
- Registry with an accredited therapy dog organization (such as TDI Inc. or National Therapy Dog Registry) is required before applying as a pet therapy volunteer at North Colorado Medical Center.
- Visit Therapy Dogs Inc. for more information on testing or call 877-843-7364.
- Once your dog is registered, please apply to volunteer by calling us or downloading an application from our website.
- After your application is received we will call you to set up an interview, background screen, health screen and new volunteer orientation.
- Therapy dogs and handlers are thoroughly trained by staff before visiting patients.