Vista Ridge Academy

3100 Ridge View Dr
Erie, CO 80516



To inspire learning for life in a Christ-centered environment by promoting creativity, excellence, integrity, respect and stewardship.

The Therapy Dog Program:

Vista Ridge Academy is a vetted facility working closely with Therapy Dogs of Boulder County to bring some wonderful dog therapy to grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Children sometimes read to the dogs and have interaction with them for other projects.  The visit usually lasts about 1 hour.  The Vista Ridge Academy Therapy Dog program is a totally volunteer program and operates with team visits each week.

Teams (a team is a handler and dog) are signed up on a regular visiting schedule.  The team choices for visit scheduling are:

– Once each week, same day/time
– 2nd & 4th weeks of the month, same day/time

All teams are required to take a schedule available to them using the above choices, depending on the teacher needs.  There are no floating schedules or visitations.  All teams are part of a group email list so they can communicate absences and emergency coverage.  A monthly schedule is created by the coordinator and sent to all teams and administration just before the beginning of each new month.


  1.  Therapy Dog Registration:  All teams must be registered with a therapy dog association.  The accepted registration memberships are:

– Alliance of Therapy Dogs (www.therapydogs.com)
– PetPartners(www.petpartners.org
– Therapy Dogs International (www.tdi-dog.org)

If you are not presently registered with any association, there are several tester/observers for Alliance of Therapy Dogs inside of our Therapy Dogs of Boulder County group who can help get you started on that process.  Use the “contact us” selection from the main menu and let us know you would like to be tested with your dog.

2.  A copy of proof regarding your dog is current on the Rabies Vaccination.  A vet record is acceptable.

3.  A copy of proof showing your dog was fecal tested and the test was negative within the last 12 months.

Are you interested in being a therapy dog team at Vista Ridge Academy? 

If your answer is “Yes”, then you can get this process started by filling out the application form below.  Once your application is received, a representative will contact you by email to discuss the next steps:

Facility Application