Therapy Dogs International is looking for dogs and owners willing to offer their services to visit schools and residents of nursing homes.
TDI is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.
To belong to TDI, all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a certified TDI evaluator. A dog must be a minimum of one year old and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a therapy dog, which includes the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.).
To ask questions, call (580) 226-3200, (580) 768-9373, or visit www.tdi-dog.org.