A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with learning difficulties.
There are many National and local therapy dog registries to choose from. It’s best to investigate several before deciding which is best for you and your dog. There are big differences starting with the cost of membership, which can range from $40 up to $175 or more. Paying more is not necessarily better. For example, the $40 membership fee to Alliance of Therapy Dogs. provides the most insurance coverage ($5 million) while volunteering. Each organization has their own qualifications for becoming a member.
After finding a therapy dog registry you’re comfortable with, you and your dog can share unconditional love with all different venues. From those listed above to one of the most recent venues, the AIRPORT!
Remember, therapy dogs are NOT the same as service dogs. They DO NOT have public access rights, so they cannot go into restaurants, stores, etc.
If you would like further information about therapy dogs, please contact Jana Thomas. Jana has been visiting with her own dogs for over 30 years and is very knowledgeable about all things related to therapy dogs and the different organizations. She is also a tester/observer for Alliance of Therapy Dogs. You can reach Jana at: firstname.lastname@example.org