Faithful Paws Member


UPDATED.:  June 2021

We are pleased to announce that training classes will resume on August 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.  If you have applied, your application is on file and we will be contacting you via e-mail in order of application submitted.  Additional training details will be provided in the e-mail.  If it has been more than 6 months since you applied, you will be asked to have your veterinarian complete another Initial Health Form (do not do this until you are contacted).

For the time being,  classes will be limited to 6 teams and will be a 4-week session.  There will be a cost of $80 payable by check or cash to the trainer (no credit cards).  No-shows will not be refunded for missed classes.  Make up classes for previously excused absences will be coordinated directly with the trainer.  If you need additional training beyond the 4-week class, the trainer will discuss options with you and provide additional training at an agreed time and cost.  It is important to have the time to dedicate home practice and training to achieving your CGC during the 4-week class period.  There will be an additional $30 fee for the CGC test and also additional fees paid directly to the AKC when you submit the successful CGC Evaluation Form for title and registration with the American Kennel Association (AKC)* fees subject to change.

Our wait list could potentially be long, as we are limiting the number of participants in class to ensure COVID safety.   We do have a few suggestions below if you would like to obtain your CGC elsewhere and then submit your application for approval and temperament test.  This route will bypass our training classes and most likely need only one visit with our trainer for evaluation and information/training of our policies and specific pet therapy guidelines, etc.  Faithful Paws reserves the right to deny membership approval if they feel that any member of the applying team (human or animal) is unable or unwilling to conduct pet therapy visits according to Faithful Paws policies in a manner which assures a credible image and a safety for all those involved.

We are accepting new applications at this time and will be processing them in the order they were received.  If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

If you already have your CGC, you  can submit  your application.  If you feel  you have enough training to pass the CGC without further classes, you can also submit your application for membership.  .Once you have received notice your application has been approved, we will give you instructions on how to contact Vickey Willard.  Vickey will evaluate temperament for those who have already earned their CGC or test the CGC and she will.  There is a $30 fee for the CGC Test and a separate fee paid directly to the AKC when you submit your paperwork for the CGC Title and additional fee for AKC application if you are not already a member.   AKC fees are subject  to change and we advise you check with the AKC for latest  prices.  You will receive an e-mail from Faithful Paws stating that you have completed the requirements of membership with details of Member log in and information.  If you  have already submitted your application and are awaiting testing or have questions, please contact [email protected].  No testing will  be conducted until an application has been approved.

Vickey Willard & Journey

Vickey Willard & Journey

If you feel that you need 1 or 2 lessons (there will be a charge for private lessons), please email Phyllis Reidy who is a CGC Evaluator and trainer, at [email protected]. There is a $30 fee for the CGC Test and a separate fee paid directly to the AKC when you submit your paperwork for the CGC Title. You must first submit your application.  Phyllis also does in-home boarding.

Phyllis Reidy & Lottie

Wholistic Woofers has a more inclusive training options, and has a dedicated training facility in SW Houston.  Vivian Tjeng is the founder of Wholistic Woofers and is a Certified Dog and Cat Trainer ABCCT, ABCDT.  They offer CGC training, as well as a variety of other training classes.  The charge for training will depend on factors of group, private, in-home lessons and how many you need. Please contact them directly for prices and schedule.

Vivian Tjeng, Wholistic Woofers

In the meantime, you can look at the AKC Good Citizen (CGC) and work on some of the skills we train and that are required for the test.  If you prefer to get your CGC from another source, we accept applicants who already have their CGC. The number of training sessions will be greatly reduced.  You will be prompted to upload your CGC Title in the application process.

Many people do not submit the correct forms for Rabies CERTIFICATE (be sure it is signed by veterinarian) and the Initial Health Record (needs to be downloaded from the link below, filled out and signed by your veterinarian and uploaded with your other documents).  Photos should be high resolution head shots with a plain background of handler and pet- think passport photo!  No other people or pets in the photos please.  We need these for your badge(s).  Thank you for your help in making sure your application is correct.  We look forward to welcoming to the Faithful Paws Team!

To apply, please read the information below and then complete the application.

If you have previously submitted an application and paid the fee, please e-mail us at [email protected] to check your application status.


Existing Members who need to renew, please make sure you are logged in and then click “Proceed to PayPal” below to be redirected to PayPal for your annual fee. If you see the registration form below, you are not logged in.


The Faithful Paws application process involves three steps:

  1. First, complete Application Part 1 below to start the enrollment of your pet in the program. You are allowed to enroll one pet to start. Only after becoming a member are you allowed to train another pet through the training process.
  2. After completing the form below, you will be redirected to pay the application fee of $22.
  3. When you have all of your documents ready, proceed to Application Part 2 where you will upload your pet’s Initial Health Record, Rabies certificate, photos of you and your pet, and a copy of your driver’s license. Finishing this form will complete your application.
Before completing the application below, you will need the following items:
  1. Initial Health Record for your pet(s). Please download the Initial Health Record form for each of your pets participating in Faithful Paws: DogCatRabbit. Complete the form and have your Vet sign the form. Then, please scan or take a photo of the form(s). You will be asked to upload the image(s) on Application Part 2.
  2. A copy of your pet’s SIGNED Rabies Vaccination Certificate. This is a single page that is usually titled “Rabies Certificate” or “Certificate of Vaccination”. Please scan or take a photo of the certificate. You will be asked to upload it on Application Part 2.
  3. Copy of your driver’s license (to be uploaded on last part of the application).
  4. A picture of yourself and a picture of your pet.  Two separate pictures.  HIGH RESOLUTION (for the tech-savvy people at least 600 dpi if possible), plain background photos – like a passport photo.  These will be used for badges.
  5. Submission of this form for HIPAA Confidentiality. Please complete the form now (it opens in a different tab, so you’ll be able to easily come back to this page): HIPAA Confidentiality Form
  6. Fee: $22 application fee.  This fee is per family. (You will be directed to PayPal after clicking “Continue to the Next Step”).

At the bottom of the Application Part 1, you will be asked to enter your email address a second time (which will be used as your username for the Member’s Only area of the site) and a temporary password. You will receive a link to reset your password once your membership is approved. Once your application and required documents have been received, we will add you to our waiting list. As soon as there is room in a training class, we will notify those on the waiting list that they can start attending.