A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and are defined but not covered or protected under the Federal Housing Act or Americans with Disabilities act. They also do not have public access rights with exception to the specific places they are visiting and working. Typically the dog would be granted rights by individual facilities only.

Therapy dogs are usually not assistance or service dogs, but can be one or both with some organizations. Therapy dogs are not trained to assist specific individuals and do not qualify as service dogs under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

THERAPY DOG INTERNATIONAL

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A Therapy Dog must have an outstanding temperament. This means that the dog should be outgoing and friendly to all people; men, women, and children.

TRAINING PROCCESS

 EVALUATE YOUR DOG 

During the evaluation, the evaluator can identify if the dog is friendly to all people; men, women, and children

OBEDIENCE TRAINING

A Therapy Dog will require obedience training in order to avoid behavioral issues.

CGC. TESTING & THERAPY DOG TESTING

By TDI or other therapy organization.