R E Q U I R E M E N T
So you want your dog to be certified in
Well in order
to achieve this goal your dog must pass the Therapy Dogs International testing.
If you would like to become involved with Friends Fur Life, please
send an email to FFL@friendsofsuzanne.com.Friends Fur Life will schedule a date for testing
to be administered. We will notify you when testing is set up. In the meantime please start working with your dog on the following:
below is provided by Therapy Dogs International, Inc.
confidence and control, the dog must complete these 10 steps of the AKC/CGC test and the additional TDI requirements
which include Test #11.
(Note: At check-in, before beginning Test 1 the owner must present a current
rabies certificate and any other state or locally required inoculation certificate and licenses.)
1: ACCEPTING A FRIENDLY STRANGER
test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday
situation. The Evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness and must not break position or
try to go to the Evaluator.
The dog must be tested around medical equipment (such as a wheelchair, crutches, cane, walker, or other devices which
would ordinarily be found in a facility) to judge the dog’s reactions to common health care equipment. At the discretion of the Evaluator, this part of the test may be included in any of the following tests:
2, 3, 5 or 9.
2: SITTING POLITELY FOR PETTING
test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. The dog should sit at the handler’s side as the Evaluator approaches and begins to pet the dog on
the head and body only. The dog may stand in place to accept petting. The dog must now show shyness or resentment.
3: APPEARANCE AND GROOMING
practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit a stranger, such as a veterinarian,
groomer or friend of the owner to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s
care, concern and sense of responsibility. The Evaluator inspects the dog, then
combs or brushes the dog, and lightly examines the ears and each front foot.
4: OUT FOR A WALK
on a Loose Leash)
test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog can be on
either side of the handler, whichever the handler prefers. There must be a left
turn, a right turn and an about turn, with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops.
5: WALKING THROUGH A CROWD
test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers, without appearing over exuberant, shy or resentful. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not be straining at the leash.
6: SIT AND DOWN ON COMMAND/STAYING IN PLACE
test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s command to sit and down, and will remain
in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers).
The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to make the dog sit and then down. When instructed by the Evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward
the length of a 20-foot line. The dog must remain in place, but may change positions.
7: COMING WHEN CALLED
This test demonstrates
that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet
from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement
to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell the dog to “stay”
or “wait”, or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog as the Evaluator provides mild distraction
8: REACTION TO ANOTHER DOG
test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers
and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 10 yards, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue
on for about 5 yards. The dogs should show no more than a casual interest in
9: REACTIONS TO DISTRACTIONS
test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations, such as the dropping
of a large book or a jogger running in front of the dog. The dog may express
a natural interest and curiosity and/or appear slightly startled, but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness
Leave-It: The handler with the dog on a loose leash walks past food on
the ground (placed within a distance of three feet) and upon command, the dog should ignore the food. (Please note: TDI does not permit the use of food/treats during
actual therapy dog visits).
Acclimation to Infirmities: This test demonstrates the dog’s confidence
when exposed to people walking with an uneven gait, shuffling, breathing heavily, coughing, wheezing or other distractions
which may be encountered in a facility.
10: SUPERVISED SEPERATION
This test demonstrates
that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain its training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash.
The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have
to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation
TEST 11: SAY HELLO
The TDI Certified Evaluator will test the willingness of each dog to visit a person and that the dog can be made readily
accessible for petting (i.e., small dogs can be placed on a person’s lap or can be held, medium and larger dogs can
sit on a chair or stand close to the patient to be easily reached.
RULES FOR TDI TESTING
- Dogs must be tested on a plain buckle collar or harness. Training collars, training harnesses, halties or any other corrective training devices are not permitted
during testing or visiting as a TDI registered Therapy Dog.
- Greyhounds are not required to sit for TDI Testing.
TDI additions to the AKC-CGC Test are in italics and printed in red.
Note: Potential applicants are not required to take any
therapy dog classes, which are not sanctioned by TDI.