Join our team

crop 800 team meeting feb 27 2016 group greatLove Dog Adventures is the Nevada Community Partner Affiliate program of the national therapy organization Pet Partners. This means that all of our volunteer handlers and animals have been trained, tested and insured by Pet Partners (

The path to becoming a Pet Partner and member of the Love Dog Adventures team begins with understanding your animal and becoming the best handler you can.

  1. Your pet must be at least one year old to be evaluated and have lived with you for at least six months.
  2. Your dog cannot walk with any metal equipment such as choke, prong or electronic collars.Your dog should be trained with positive methods. This is to insure that you understand your dog’s behavior, signs and signals.
  3. Your dog should not be on a raw protein diet.

To become a Pet Partners registered therapy team:

  • Complete the Pet Partners Handler Workshop conducted by Sue Grundfest
  • Complete the Pet Partners Health Screening for your pet
  • Pass the Pet Partner Evaluation
  • Register with Pet Partners

To become part of the Love Dog Program:

  • Attend the Love Dog Training Clinic – advanced training hours with your dog
  • Shadow the Love Dog teams without your pet
  • Once you have passed the Pet Partners Evaluation and are Registered, begin by being mentored by an experienced Love Dog therapy team
  • Volunteer at a Love Dog health / educational facility / program

The current Pet Partners Handler Workshop is full – the next available Handler Workshop will be on Sunday, October 16 – but  it is not too soon to attend a Free Orientation – If you are interested in attending the next Orientation, contact Sue at 917-301-4710 or

Here is a simple guide to begin your journey:

Some things to consider as you begin your therapy team journey:

 Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is my pet temperamentally and behaviorally reliable?
  • Is my pet comfortable in a variety of settings?
  • Does my pet seek out new experiences with unfamiliar people?
  • Does my pet not only accept hugging and petting, but enjoy it?
  • Is my pet friendly / calm and neutral around other animals?
  • Do I feel confident in my ability to control my pet?
  • Does my pet have basic obedience and not jump or bark?
  • Am I friendly with people and comfortable in unfamiliar settings?
  • Can I raise the skill level of my pet and take the time, energy and motivation to do this?
  • Do I have the time to commit to a volunteer assignment?
  • Do I find joy in sharing my love for my pet with others?


Is animal-assisted therapy work for you? Browse through these articles and see if you should pursue becoming a Pet Partners therapy team with your dog or cat:

What is a Love Dog Adventure?

What is a breakthrough?

Both ends of the leash

Cricket: a therapy dog’s fist visit is memorable

When to postpone your Pet Partners evaluation

How do you know when to retire a therapy dog?

Importance of familiarity for therapy dogs

Every touch can be therapeutic

Does it matter where we volunteer

How one health facility measures success

How one misunderstood dog is helping one boy

One boy one dog one look

Best therapy breeds

Scoring the Pet Partner evaluation

There’s a cat in my room (Dancer)

Can a dog be too old to be a therapy dog

How do we determine if our animal is stressed

What do therapy animals actually do?

My dog doesn’t like other dogs, can he be a therapy dog

The human is as important as the animal

Delta Society test scoring

What makes a team suitable?

Therapy dogs are not service dogs

Can a service dog also be a therapy dog?

Las Vegas has its first Delta Pet Partners therapy horse

The smallest therapy dog was the biggest hit

Unlocking dementias with furry friends

The difference between animal assisted activity and animal assisted therapy

Can you be a Delta Pet Partner team without a dog?

What’s that dog doing here?

The healing power of pets

How to be a responsible therapy team

How to know when to retire a therapy animal

The world’s most unadoptable dog

Meet Lillie

One dog, one child

The child who never spoke, said Coco

The dog who went to church

What the child who could not see saw in Coco

How the first therapy dog got into ICU

Will work for love

There are therapy cats too

Meet Aliah

Meet MacKenzie

A therapy dog’s first visit

First impressions are so important

What do therapy dogs do in an Emergency Room?

Why the Down is so important for therapy dogs

How would Kirby say that word?

Never underestimate the power of touch

Delta Pet Partners is NOT a dog training organization

What does a therapy horse actually do?

RISE Resource Center brings children and dogs together

What’s remarkable abpout Lucy

One touch, one smile, one very special dog

Dog’s first visit made a difference today

What we look for in Delta therapy teams

Las Vegas always needs more therapy teams

AAA versus AAT

The true benefits of AAT (animal assisted therapy)

 To read all of Sue’s Pet Column articles, click here

To contact Sue call 917-301-4710