Not Ready is not the end of the world

Coco at the MAC AIDS Walk in New York

Scoring a Not Ready on your Pet Partners evaluation isn’t the end of the world. Or the end of your therapy team career. I was reminded the other day that one of our absolute strongest teams got a Not Ready the first time they tested! One of our best teams tested three times before passing. The Pet Partners evaluation is taken seriously and there are several scores a team can receive: Complex, meaning they were the best score in every element and can volunteer at Complex-identified facilities; Predictable, which is exactly what it sounds like and the score most teams receive; Not Ready – well, let’s work on some elements and try again. And the fourth score is Not Appropriate for Visiting and it can be because of the handler or the animal and that team cannot test again.

It is always rewarding when a renewing team moves up from Predictable to Complex, but the most satisfying is when a Not Ready continues to learn and tests again and passes.

Here’s to the original Love Dog and all those she inspired to follow in her paw prints!