How You & Your Dog Can Become a
Paws to Read Team

Can you and your pet help a child learn to read? Can you find an hour or so a week to visit one of Flagstaff’s schools? Then consider getting involved as a Pet Partner. You’ll receive some training for the special skills and tools that you’ll need to work effectively with students. When you register as a Pet Partner, you get an identification badge, a tag for your pet, primary liability insurance ($1 million), and more. Registration lasts 2 years. To qualify, your dog must be at least 1 year old, well socialized, and registered by Pet Partners (unless he is a service dog or a service dog in training). The certification requires a physical examination by a veterinarian and proof of the dog’s vaccinations and fecal test.

Getting Certified as a Pet Partner

  1. Call (928-699-4270) or email Alida Dierker at to find out about our local program.
  2. Go to the Pet Partners web site and learn more about.
  3. Complete the skills and aptitude evalution. This evalution will help you and your pet determine the kind of environment you will be most comfortable working in.
  4. After you have passed your evaluation, you will be asked to get a complete health exam by your pet’s veterinarian.
  5. Fill out the Pet Partner forms and submit them with a registration fee.