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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. We call these G.O.T. Dogs (Goal Oriented Therapy Dogs). G.O.T. Dogs aim to improve a person's social, cognitive and emotional functioning along with providing affection and a sense of comfort to individuals in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, people with learning difficulties, and stressful situations, such as disaster areas. VIP also strives to raise awareness about the daily struggles people with disabilities face.

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

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, and now VIP Dog Teams is training therapy dogs to provide assistance to those in need.