organizations (hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, care homes, etc.) offer their own training programs as they have specific
criteria and it is best to contact them directly- please visit the websites listed for local resources:
To prepare for the test, please go online to the ATD website, www.therapydogs.com. Click on the “Join” drop-down menu, then “Be
a Member”. You will find a lot of information about ATD and the process of registration. Scroll down to the
“Download Membership Forms” and download the .pdf file. Please read through it all, there is good information.
The forms that you need to print start with the Application on page 17.
A special thank you to Michael
Hayhurst for the above information
Information on therapy dog vs service dogs and their uses, traits necessary in these dogs
etc can be found at this link:
Thank you to Jo Miller for sharing this link!
We recommend Jeff and Debbie Weber at
"Fetch This Kennel" 208-642-4245 www.fetchthiskennels.com or ask your veterinarian for a reference
Service dog training:
We recommend Canine Companions for Independence www.cci.org this is the one tried and true organization and although many trainers offer this service we stand very firmly on our referral
only to CCI
This site offers some very important laws regarding service dogs, violations of the laws that we sadly
see often as well as some resources when looking into getting a service dog https://www.animallaw.info/statute/id-assistance-animal-assistance-animalguide-dog-laws
dog falling into the category of a guardian breed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardian_Dog_Group is already predisposed to protection and we have often seen that encouraging that natural born instinct can damage the
dog's own talent and result in an unpredictable dangerous pet that can no longer be trusted for what we needed in the first