What is the State of Maine law for license of therapy dogs? Not service dogs. Dogs that vist nursing homes.

Asked by Member 1030877 on Apr 17th 2011 in Laws & Legislation
Report this question Get this question's RSS feed Send this question to a friend


  • Cast your vote for which answer you think is best!


Jaydens Rowena, SD-c, PAT, CGC

There are no laws regarding therapy dogs. However, therapy dogs are pets & service dogs are not. Most places I can think of do require a dog to be certified by a therapy dog training program before working at a location but it also depends on the requirements of the place you wish to take your dog to work. Therapy dogs do not have the same public access rights as service dogs,therefore, they are only allowed access to those places where they are working,& often only at the assigned times they will be working. Rules differ per location. Though Maine does not have any laws regarding therapy dogs, I do know that a good 1st step is to be sure your dog can pass the Canine Good Citizen test. TDI (Therapy Dog certification program) is connected to the AKC & their Canine Good Citizen test, & is designed to directly follow completion of the CGC. If your dog passes, See if your CGC trainer is able to test for Therapy dogs (TDI) as well. Hope this helps & not confuse

Jaydens Rowena, SD-c, PAT, CGC answered on 2/28/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer