Our Approach

Our Mission

VIP Dog Teams mission is to train therapy dogs to react and respond to people and their environment, under the guidance and direction of their owners our Therapy dogs can be used as part of animal-assisted therapy.

Our Goal

VIP Dog Teams focus is on Training Therapy dogs for Goal Oriented Therapy (G.O.T. Dogs).

We also train Facility dogs to work with professionals in our community such as the police, school professional (Speech Teachers, psychologists etc) and Therapists (O.T. P.T R.T.).

We also conduct an active educational outreach program to improve public sensitivity to people with disabilities.

Lastly, we offer Therapy prep classes for pet owners that want to learn how to do therapy work with their dogs.

Our Vision

Is to be recognized as the premier therapy dog organization by maintaining the highest standards possible, educating the public about the benefits of animal assisted therapy, and providing continued support to our volunteers and the facilities we serve.

Our Story

VIP Dog Teams was founded in 2016 by Nancy Mitchell to serve individuals in the Ventura County area with special needs.

It all started with therapy work at local hospitals and libraries with Brewster and Brady the mini-Labradoodles,

After providing meet and greet therapy Nancy soon realized there was a need to offer animal assisted therapy and improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of dog therapy services in Ventura County.

Determined to set new standards and ensure the quality and safety of services in the field of animal assisted therapy, Nancy and the all volunteer board developed a highly advanced evaluation and certification process for its animal assisted therapy volunteers.