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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Mock Drill?  A Mock Drill - Also called a Pet Therapy Try-It Session is where you learn about the evaluation process and practice required skills with your dog.

What is a Pet Therapy Try-It Session?  A Pet Therapy Try-It Session is where you learn about the certification process and practice required skills with your dog.  It is also called a Mock Drill.

What is ITA?  ITA stands for Intermountain Therapy Animal, a therapy team group.

What is PP?  PP stands for Pet Partners, a therapy team group.  They were previously known as Delta Society.

What type of licenses do you accept?  I am already licensed with another therapy team entity, can I join?  We accept Intermountain Therapy Animal licenses.  We do not accept Therapy Dogs International or Alliance of Therapy Dogs (aka Therapy Dogs Inc.) licenses.

My child wants to do therapy team work.  At what age can someone become a MPP Member? We accept children who have gone through the program and who are a freshmen in high school and at least 13 years old.  One parent must also be a registered therapy team.  The parent/child/animal visit together.  Tthe child cannot visit without the parent.  This is because they are not considered an adult and cannot make decisions legally.  We have several student/parent teams. 

What is a Workshop? 
A classroom style all day workshop where you will learn the skills needed to safely visit with your animal at various facilities such as hospitals, libraries, schools and senior centers.  You will learn about patient confidentiality, health and safety codes, interacting with different types of people, “what if” scenarios and meet others who are or have been therapy team handlers.

What is an Evaluation?  Specific skills and aptitudes you and your pet are tested on before being issued a pet therapy license.

I want to use my registered therapy animal at work?  A pet therapy license only covers a team when they are volunteering, not when they are getting paid.  While you can become a registered therapy team, our insurance will not cover you during working hours.  In other words, if you bring your registered dog and are being paid, you are NOT insured.  Insurance covering this type of work is considered Business Professional and Liability Insurance which your employer must purchase.  Our insurance is for teams working in a volunteering capacity not an employment capacity.

What is the Difference Between a Service, Therapy and Emotional Support (aka Caring) Animal? 
Service Dogs.  Service dogs are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.  For more information about Service Dogs visit

Therapy Dogs.  Therapy dogs visit patients and residents in hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and students in schools, and libraries to provide solace, affection, and stress relief. Their interactions tend to be of short duration. Therapy dogs have very stable temperaments to tolerate other animals and occasionally intense situations without becoming upset, nervous, or dangerousFor more information email

Emotional Support Dogs.  An Emotional Support Animal (ESA), also referred to as a caring dog, is a dog which provides a therapeutic benefit, such as alleviating or mitigating some symptoms of a person's mental or psychiatric disability.  A physician must write a prescription stating that the person has a verifiable disability and that the emotional support animal provides a benefit for the individual with the disability. An animal does not need specific training to become an emotional support animal.  For more information visit