Therapy Dog Unit

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office K9 Therapy Unit consists of 12 handlers and 13 dogs, all of which are rescue dogs, and play a crucial role serving as a source of comfort and support for the citizens of Palm Beach County.

K9 Therapy Teams provide positive interactions and help reduce anxiety and stress for victims who have experienced traumatic events. These teams offer comfort and compassion to both child and adult victims and witnesses of traumatic experiences, crimes, or other stressors, and may assist them during interviews, testimonies, or court appearances. When not assisting victims, the Therapy Dog Unit can be seen in different community events around the county.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office K9s have undergone extensive training, evaluation, and certification as therapy K9s, meeting the rigorous standards set forth by organizations such as the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), Paws and Stripes College (Therapy K9 discipline), Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA), and are registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC)


Join us for an impactful training opportunity! The Law Enforcement and Multidiscipline Crimes Against Persons Therapy Dog Course is scheduled to run from May 6 to 10, 2024. This comprehensive 40-hour course is designed for individuals with or without a K9 partner who are interested in enhancing their skills in supporting crime victims.

Led by experienced trainers, this course covers a wide range of topics, including basic therapy dog obedience techniques, victim support strategies, investigative interview techniques, and more. Participants will gain valuable insights into the role of therapy dogs in law enforcement and multidisciplinary settings.

This course is open to any First Responder Agency. Whether you’re a seasoned K9 handler or new to the field, this course offers valuable training and certification opportunities. The cost is $100, payable to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Foundation. Don’t miss out on this chance to make a difference in your community while strengthening your skills. Register now and join us in making a positive impact through therapy dog certification.

For more information on how to register, email D/S Feaman: