To become certified as a Healing Heart Dogs therapy team, you and your dog must pass the Healing Heart Therapy Dogs Certification Test, which tests situations you may encounter during a therapy dog visit.
Dogs must be at least one year old, have been owned by you for at least 6 months prior to testing, and meet specific health qualifications.
The ideal therapy dog candidate loves people and other animals, and never shows signs of aggression. A therapy dog can remain calm around large groups of people in many different settings.
The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program is the first step in training for many dogs. The CGC is a 2-part program that teaches responsible dog ownership to owners and basic training and good manners to dogs.