Mock Drills

The Mock Drill (sometimes called a Pet Therapy Try-It Session) serves as an initial orientation to PWAM, and a chance for you and your dog to practice the skills necessary for the Team Evaluation. During the Mock Drill, we will explain the registration process, and you will practice the required skills with your dog. After you have completed a Mock Drill, you will receive a "Ready", "Ready with Work", or "Not Ready". You must receive a "Ready" or "Ready with Work" before you will be allowed to Evaluate.


Your dog must:

  • Be at least 11 months old.

  • Be potty trained.

  • Know basic obedience such as sit, stay, down, come when called, leave it, and walk on a loose leash. These commands do not have to be perfect.

  • Your dog MUST NOT jump on people.

Mock Drill Exercises

  1. Meet Your Member

  2. Walk the Circle

  3. Walk Through a Crowd

  4. Pets From a Stranger

  5. Passing Another Dog

  6. Role Play: wheelchair/crowd

  7. Basic Obedience: sit, down, stay, come

  8. Leave It: leave it walk and take a treat

  9. Stay With a Stranger


Our Mock Drills are complementary; you can attend as many as you like. In fact, we encourage our renewing teams to practice before they test/evaluate.

Sign up

To sign up for a Mock Drill, send an email with the words "Mock Drill" in the subject line, along with your name, your dogs name, age and breed, your email address, telephone number and the date of the mock drill to