Therapy dogs are used by a medical professional or volunteer to aide someone other than the handler. Therapy dogs often visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools, etc., to lift spirits of patients and educate students. They must pass the AKC Canine Good Citi-zenship (CGC) test or similar behavioral testing and it is recommended that they go through some kind of distraction training such as the AKC Community Canine test as well since they need to be sound around all kinds of medical equipment, people, envi-ronments, and sounds. These dogs are NOT protected by the ADA or the Fair Hous-ing/Air Carrier Access Acts and do not have public access rights.
Maximum K9 is certified to give both the CGC and Community Canine tests and can help your dog become desensitized to a variety of medical equipment and situations. We can also help your dog prepare for testing by a therapy dog organization such as Therapy Dogs International (TDI).