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Become a C.O.P.E. Handler


Have interest in joining the program at LVIA? Here’s what will be required of you and your therapy dog:

  • Must be a member of Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Proof of membership is required.
  • Therapy Dog must be certified with the Canine Good Citizen Training. Proof of certificate is required.
  • Dogs must have 1 year working experience at a recognized therapy dog organization and must be at least 2 years of age.

Step 1:

Complete “C.O.P.E. Therapy Dog Program” Application.

Step 2:

Once your application is received, you will be notified to complete the badging application process and will be fingerprinted for a background check.

Step 3:

Once your fingerprints are cleared, you will then be required to take a computer test for badging purposes (SIDA).  A training session will be scheduled.

Step 4:

At the training session and orientation, you will be provided with an Airport ID badge, a C.O.P.E. Polo Shirt, name badge and your dog will get a C.O.P.E bandanna as part of the uniform.  You will be given a training manual and will go on a tour of the Airport facility to see how your therapy dog interacts with our passengers.

 C.O.P.E. Handler Job Description

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The Handler (along with their Therapy Dog):

  • Agrees to volunteer a minimum of 45 minutes at least once a month and will keep an accurate record of hours of work and participate in training programs and meetings, relevant to the C.O.P.E. Therapy Dog Program.
  • Will meet and greet passengers at the gates so the public may easily approach you and your dog by de-stressing and calming the passengers as well as providing airport information and wayfinding.
  • Agrees to be reliable and prompt. When unable to fulfill duties, handler will notify the coordinator as early as possible.
  • Must be sincere in the offer of service and take commitment seriously.
  • Will be friendly and courteous, and display a professional attitude and appearance.
  • Will strictly adhere to security regulations and abide by policies of the Authority.
  • Will address any comments/suggestions/complaints from passengers by notifying the coordinator.

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