Our mission is to teach them how.
Specifically, we train and certify…
- Volunteers – who want to team up with their dog to help people in need at hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and other facilities.
- Professionals – health workers, educators and others who want to work with their dog to enhance a professional practice.
We respect and celebrate the healing power of the Human-Animal Bond.
- We specialize in hands-on, in-class training for dog-human teams, supporting team progress as you learn.
- We are advised by experts in immunology, infectious disease, psychology, veterinary medicine, and Animal Assisted Intervention.
- We conduct research with major hospitals / universities to advance therapy dog uses and outcomes.
Classes for you and your dog to learn, alongside others, to safely help adults and children in need. (4 weekly 90-minute classes)
Find out more.
Crisis Response Certification
Once certified, select volunteers and dogs can learn to assist in national disasters. (Weekend training)
Find out more.
Educators, therapists, etc. learn to work with their dog in professional practice. NYC Dept. of Education is a client. (3 weekly 2-hour classes)
Find out more.
Prep School On Zoom
Sharpen your ability to “read” a dog’s body language; learn requirements for therapy dog certification; and more. (4 weekly 1-hour online classes)
Find out more.
Insurance — Good Dog Certified Volunteers are covered by free liability insurance when donating time to our partner facilities. Certified Professionals have their own insurance as part of their practice.
We welcome an application from you and your dog.
All Good Dog Volunteers must:
- Comply with the health requirements of the facilities they plan to visit, including vaccinations and boosters, masks, hand sanitizer, and other health-related policies
- Follow CDC guidelines – before visiting Good Dog partner facilities or one of our in-person classes – when you are exposed to or contract COVID-19 or other infectious diseases
Note: Good Dog meets with hospital executives and experts in immunology / infectious disease to stay informed about health-related issues. We may occasionally pause in-person therapy dog visits and classes if a health crisis flares up and we deem it appropriate to protect our volunteers, trainers and those they serve.
Who We Help
The organizations (below) can apply to be a partner facility entitled to free visits from our Therapy Dog Volunteers. The visits help adults and children recover from stress, trauma and disease or cope with disabilities and learning issues.
- Hospitals, Hospices
- Public Schools, Colleges
- Nursing Homes, Senior Residences
- Libraries, Community Centers
To apply, click here.
We offer therapy dog services for a fee to business, government and other private entities.
- Workplace Wellness & Productivity – Visits for employee stress-relief, morale-boosting, and events. See our Workplace Wellness & Productivity brochure.
- Sponsorship – Opportunities include Good Dog’s Gala, website ads, and visits to people in need.
For a quote, contact
Recent Corporate Partnerships
Communities in Crisis
Good Dog conducts vital research to assess therapy dog intervention with specific populations and environments.
Some 30,000 hours a year are donated by Good Dog Volunteers helping people heal. Over 100,000 people benefit annually.
Staff & Consultants
President & Founder
Director of Training
Director of Community Engagement
William “Bill” Ross
Director of Finance & Administration
Onboarding Operations Coordinator
Graphic Design Consultant
Photography and Videography Consultant
Database Optimization Consultant
Online Marketing and Social Media Consultant
Board of Directors
Retired Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
Patrick W. McMullan lll
Managing Director and Chairman of Global Healthcare Investment Banking, Barclays Capital
President & Founder
Christina de Marval
Principal, Huntting, LLC
Corporate Strategy, PepsiCo
Principal, Technology, Information, Communication, Entertainment/Media, Pricewaterhouse-Coopers Advisory LLC
Senior Manager, Strategy, Veterinary Emergency Group
Tao Bu Kinsey
Managing Director, Investor Relations & Business Development, The Blackstone Group, Blackstone Credit (BXC)
Managing Director in Credit Trading, Barclays Capital
Manager, Global Safety Operations, Uber
Attorney-at-law, Glenn M. Troost, Esq.
Senior Director, Corporate Communications, GE
Director, Working Capital Origination, Mizuho Bank, Global Transaction Banking
Director of Finance,
Co-Founder and Managing Partner,
Senior Technology Executive;
and Former Morgan Stanley
International & Data CIO
Vice President and
Deputy General Counsel
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Business News Journalist & Contributor;
Adjunct Professor Fordham University
Senior Managing Director,
General Counsel Credit Division, Blackstone Inc.
AVP, Product Development
Global X ETFs
Intrepid Investment Bankers
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Bradley W. Brockmann– J.D., M.Div. – Assistant Professor of the Practice, Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University; Member, Center for Health Promotion and Health Equity
Dr. James Fagin– Featured Covid-19 Panelist, WAMC Public Radio; Former Chief of General Pediatrics at North Shore Univ. Hospital; Fellow, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Stewart Fleishman– Hospice and Palliative Medicine Specialist, Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine; Founding Director, Cancer Supportive Services, Continuum Cancer Centers of New York; Accreditation Surveyor, American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer.
Dr. James Griffin– National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH; Director of the Early Learning and School Readiness Program.
Dr. Alexandra Horowitz– Columbia University Author of #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. She teaches psychology, canine cognition, and creative nonfiction writing at Barnard College, where she runs the Dog Cognition Lab.
Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello– Interim Associate Dean for Research and Schmidt Distinguished Professor, Faculty Fellow, Florida Atlantic University; Director, Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (C-P.A.W.W.); Former President, International International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ).
Dr. Deborah Lawrence– Fordham University Supervising Psychologist and Group Therapy Program Coordinator, Rose Hill Campus, Fordham University; PhD in psychology and re- specialization in clinical Psychology, Columbia University.
Dr. James Serpell– University of Pennsylvania ISAZ Board Director; Professor of Ethics & Animal Welfare and Director, Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.