Giving Back is the Best Medicine

Therapy Dog Program
Smiles through Waggin' Tails

Welcome to Michael's Angel Paws Therapy Dog Program. We are thrilled that your pup and you are interested in joining this growing option for giving back. It's a journey you will never forget as you bring smiles through waggin' tails. We all know that our four-legged kids give us unconditional love and uplift us at all times, and your decision to share that experience with a complete stranger is a worthy cause. We are grateful for your impact on the Las Vegas Community that touches both patient and the patient's family.

A Therapy Dog is a dog that enjoys meeting new people with a smile, a song, or a waggin' tail. His enthusiasm starts at his tail and travels all the way to his face, and makes someone smile who maybe hasn't smiled in days; or helps a child learn to read as he reads aloud to a Therapy Dog. All of our pups are required to pass the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Test( as well as our Michael's Angel Paws Therapy Dog Test. Following completion of the required tests, and your pup is over a year old, we will have you complete our Therapy Dog application, which includes our rules and regulations, media release form, proof of vaccines, negative fecal exam, proof of Canine Good Citizen test, two photos of your pup emailed, health record filled out by your veterinarian, and a $45 membership fee. Your membership fee includes a copy of our insurance policy specifically designed for our Therapy Dog program with no breed restrictions, a Therapy Dog bandana, identification card with your renewal date, identification number, a list of Therapy Dog program facilities, and a future retest date. We require our Therapy Dogs to retest every two years.

Take our quick survey below to see whether your pup has the right stuff to be a Therapy Dog......

  1. Does your dog have manners?
  2. Does your dog behave in public?
  3. Is your dog well socialized?
  4. Have your dog and you had any form of training? Yes No Interested in more information about our classes to prepare your dog and you to become a Therapy Dog team?
  5. Does your dog love to be around children?
  6. How does your dog react around wheelchairs, shopping carts, strollers, skateboards, etc? Doesn't Care Loves anything with moving wheels
  7. Does your dog enjoy being around senior citizens?
  8. How hyper is your dog?
  9. How well does your dog adjust to changing environments?
  10. How often is your pup exposed to human interaction?
  11. Does your dog jump on people?
  12. Does your dog bark nonstop?
  13. Does your dog growl, bear its teeth, or slink away?
  14. What happens when your dog sees another dog? Shows casual interest Doesn't acknowledge the other dog Overly enthusiastic to see and meet the other dog
  15. Does your dog enjoy getting out of the house?
  16. Would you like your dog to make a difference in your community?
  17. Do you tell everyone your dog is awesome?

If your mostly answered yes for your pup, he is on his way to becoming a Therapy Dog. Let's get you into a class and on your way.

If you answered a mix we can help you with our Path to Therapy Dog Part One and Two classes.

If you answered mostly No, it's okay. Not every pup enjoys meeting new people in new environments, but we've got plenty of other options for your pup and you to enjoy together, like our Tricks and Clicks, Agility, and Rally-O classes.

In 2014 we began our Therapy Dog program, and we are proud to have over 100 active teams volunteering throughout the Las Vegas Valley!


It’s well-known (and scientifically proven) that interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant benefits.

Physical Health:

  • lowers blood pressure
  • improves cardiovascular health
  • releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect
  • diminishes overall physical pain
  • the act of petting a dog produces an automatic relaxation response, reducing the amount of medication some folks need

Mental Health:

  • lifts spirits and lessens depression
  • decreases feelings of isolation and alienation
  • encourages communcation
  • provides comfort
  • increases socialization
  • reduces boredom
  • lowers anxiety
  • helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders
  • creates motivation for the client to recover faster
  • reduces loneliness

Reading: (PAWS for Reading)

  • helps children focus better
  • improves literacy skills
  • provides non-stressful, non-judgmental environment
  • increases self-confidence, reduces self-consciousness
In Physical Therapy
  • increases joint movement and improves recovery time
  • maintains or increases motor skills
  • provides motivation to move more, stretch farther, exercise longer

If you have any questions about our Therapy Dog Program, give us a call or send us an email.

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