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Although for many locations you do not need Therapy Certification, it is a very good idea. There are two major national organizations (and probably many offshoots) that certify your dog as an official therapy dog.  With the certification, you and your dog have the opportunity to be covered by insurance before, during and after a therapy visit.

Therapy Dogs International

88 Bartley RoadTDI
Flanders, NJ  07836
Phone   973-252-9800
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Pet Partners

875 124th Ave.  NE #101Delta
Bellevue, WA  98005
Phone 425-679-5500


The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc
80 Powder Mill Rd
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Alliance of Therapy Dogs
POB 20227
Cheyenne, WY 82003


  • K.D. Davis, Therapy Dogs, Howell Book House, N.Y. 2002
  • M.R. Burch, Volunteering with your pet: How to get Involved in Animal Assisted Therapy, Howell Book House 1996
  • L. Palika, Love on a Leash: Giving Joy to Others Through Pet Therapy, Alpine, Loveland, CO 1996
  • Breeze Stanart, Working as a Therapy Dog, 2002
  • Lorie Long, A Dog Who’s Always Welcome, Wiley Publishing, 2008
  • Dr. Marty Becker, The Healing Power of Pets, Hyperion, 2002

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