It is both an honor and privilege to be part of Pete’s Pet Posse, and with that comes responsibilities. If you and your animal are selected to participate, you will be asked to adhere to the following:
- The owner/handler will be responsible for hygiene of the dog. Pet must be clean and well-groomed when working.
- While at work, all fecal material must be discarded immediately in the appropriate waste receptacles.
- The work area shall remain neat and tidy.
- The owner/handler will work with the department to determine the work schedule of the therapy dog and the role the pet therapy dog will play within the department.
- In addition to campus responsibilities, the owner/handler may be asked to participate in community activities, especially during times of great need such as natural disasters or other stressful events. The department should be committed to allowing the owner/handler and pet therapy dog to serve in this capacity as requested.
- The owner/handler will be asked to track any visits outside of the normal scope of the animal’s work environment. A contact sheet will be provided and should be submitted on a monthly basis. This will allow the board to track the impact of the program – number of visits and number of people reached.
- The owner/handler will be expected to participate in yearly in-service re-training as determined by OSUVMTH.
- If at any time the owner/handler does not follow the contractual guidelines, the Board reserves the right to remove him/her from the program and all benefits provided will be lost. The animal will remain with the owner/handler.
- If the owner/handler chooses to leave the program with less than one year of service, the cost of training and veterinary care will become the responsibility of the owner/handler. The animal will remain with the owner/handler.