Pet Partners evaluations are different from other therapy programs. You don’t test in a group, outdoors or on a last day of training. You must test in a location the animal has never been before, indoors, one team at a time and with volunteers and a neutral dog the animal being tested has never met.
Each test can take up to an hour to get through the 23 elements.
Role playing is an essential part of the test to simulate how the team would do on actual assignments. Handler and animal are being scored separately and the handler score supersedes the animal!
We have two evaluations tomorrow so let’s wish handlers and dogs the best of luck!