Today we went to Pembroke, MA where Ivan and …..now wait for it….. Jack were evaluated for suitability to become a therapy dog team.
To belong to Therapy Dogs International (TDI) all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator. A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog, which is based on the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC). The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (walkers, crutches, etc.).
Ivan and Jack passed the test and Ivan is now a certified Therapy Dog. Ivan will need to get a photo ID from TDI and then he and Jack can start to visit Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Centers in our area.
Jack has never “shown” a dog before but really wanted to do this with Ivan.