Therapy Dog Certification

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Certain dogs have great characteristics and excellent behaviors which make the pets such friendly animals for human beings. In fact, based on this particular good nature, trainers are able to judge or decide the most suitable training system/method. Furthermore, some animals may really occupy a profession, for example as therapy dogs, search and rescue (SAR) dogs, and service and assistance dogs.

There is even a certification procedure for each profession. One of the most frequently seen is therapy dog certification; the procedures are usually conducted by organizations to test, train, and finally issue the certification.

How to Certify a Therapy Dog

Such organizations are spread across the country, but they commonly have the similar standard procedures including:

1. Before anyone can register the pet into a therapy dog certification organization, the first thing to do is to obtain the registration paperwork which can be acquired from the organization’s website. Some of the best organizations are American Kennel Club (AKC), Angel on a Leash, Delta Society Pet Partners, Helping Paws International, and more.

2. If the dog meets the requirements, the organization will enroll the pet in special classes or training programs; some organizations even offer online training. Other certification organizations do not offer classes at all, but they will take the dog to Canine Good Citizen program to attend basic obedience training. Below video help you know about how to prepare a dog for therapy dog training.

3. The dog owner should also take the dog for regular health check. The dog must be completely healthy to continue the certification procedure. In most cases, an organization will require the dog to have regular DHLPP, rabies, and bortatella vaccinations.

4. The next important step in almost any therapy dog registration procedure is dog evaluation. The dog’s behaviors will be evaluated by a representative of the organization. The evaluation is fairly easy, the dog must obey some basic orders, for examples sit, come, stay, down, and so on. A therapy dog must also remain calm among strangers and other dogs; any indication of aggression is not allowed. This test will be included in the evaluation process as well.

5. Fill out the registration paperwork; before submitting it to the organization, enclose the health and evaluation certifications. It is important to include a picture of the dog for identification purpose. Please put in mind that certification for therapy dogs is not free; the owner must pay the registration fee when submitting the paperwork.

6. Wait for approval; once the certificate is issued, the pet is officially a therapy dog. A certified therapy dog is a well-trained animal that will provide comfort and affection to elderly, children with learning disabilities, hospitalized people, and more. The animal will be allowed to visit various public facilities such as libraries, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and basically every institution where the assistance from a therapy dog is needed.

Dogs also have talents; the owners can simply enroll the pets in specific training programs for certain purposes. Therapy dog certification is only one example of such program; there are many other certification organizations that will gladly evaluate and train the dogs, so the animals can be better friends for human.