AAA/T Screening Tool
We’d like to help your dog do great things, so we appreciate your time in helping
us to get know him/her better. The following screen will take approximately 20” to
1. Why do you think your dog would be a good visitor/ambassador?
2. Describe your Dog’s Personality and Special Talents/Skills:
3. What places do you have in mind that you would like to visit?
4. And places do you think would NOT be well-suited for your dog?
5. Please tell us more about your dog re:
Sex (and whether spayed/neutered):
Age (and how long you have been together):
History (how you got together):
Health History (surgeries, injuries, current conditions):
Veterinarian (we’ll request a copy of immunizations/prophylaxis when you
come to the first class):
Previous Training/Certification (note age at time of training):
Is your dog ready to be certified for animal visitation? Dogs are ready when they
are reliable and respond well to their handler’s directions even in situations with
distractions. The following quiz will help you evaluate your dog’s readiness. The Skills
Class will help you fine tune rough edges and expose your dog to situations that will be
like what your dog will encounter on visits, but your dog should have basic obedience
skills; be well socialized with other people, dogs and situations; and be well-mannered.
By responding to these questions, we can help you identify whether this class will be
appropriate or whether other classes might be needed before you attempt certification.
Please put a number by the question that best reflects your dog’s current status:
4 = Always
3 = Usually
2 = Sometimes
1 = Seldom/Never
My dog …
____ 1. … is friendly with people (wags his tail and enjoys petting without
barking, growling, snarling) of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
____ 2. … is well-behaved with people (keeps all four paws on the ground
without licking, sniffing, and mouthing hands or clothing).
____ 3. … is friendly with other dogs/animals (wags his tail without barking, growling,
____ 4. … is well behaved with other dogs/animals (keeps all four paws on the ground
without barking, licking, sniffing, or “play-biting”; takes food politely).
____ 5. … is calm in public places (walks loosely on leash without straining, panting,
struggling, barking or marking/having a toileting accident).
Please also list the places you currently take your dog.
____ 6. … is calm in new places (walks loosely on leash without whining, barking,
straining, panting, struggling, or marking/having a toileting accident)
____ 7. …is calm with loud noises (looks but stays in place).
____ 8. … waits at doorways.
____ 9. … knows Sit, Down, Stay and Come (in the words you use):
___ 10. … will respond to the above commands in situations with distractions (e.g. noise,
___ 11. … will Stay in a Sit or Down position for ____ seconds with and without
___ 12. … will let strangers handle him (petting, brushing, etc.) all over his body without
____ 13. … will “Leave” food/toys/other dogs alone when given this command.