where to find a therapy dog

I would like to adopt or buy a therapy dog

Asked by Member 608074 on Mar 15th 2008 in Local Spots & Services
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Makia 1996-2008

Do you need a therapy dog for a medical problem or are you looking for a dog to do therapy with, thats going to make a difference on where you look.

Makia 1996-2008 answered on 3/15/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I am a little confused about your question, so it would be great if you could repost the question giving us a little bit more information.

Are you talking about a service dog or a therapy dog? Legally, those are in two very separate categories.

A service dog is a dog for people with disabilities and is allowed public access, such as to stores and restaurants. In order to be considered a service dog, you have to be disabled and the dog has to be trained specific tasks to help you.

A therapy dog is a pet that is well-trained and has an outgoing temperament, and has been tested and registered with a therapy dog organization. These dogs do not have public access rights and you can only take a therapy dog with you into facilities where you both volunteer - old folks' homes, hospitals, etc.

Any dog can become a therapy dog just as long as they have the temperament and are bonded with their owner and well trained.

Please post your question again so we can give you more (correct) info.

Abby answered on 3/15/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I would recommend that you contact all the professional dog trainers you can find. You can search online or search at APDT:

You may find a trainer who is looking to place their personal dog (some people "retire" older sport dogs) or knows a friend or client who is. You can find professionally trained dogs for free or reasonable prices like this. But, expect to prove that you are a great home and expect the dog to be middle aged. For therapy work this can be a great deal for all the parties involved. The older dog may be too arthritic for agility, but she'll be perfect for visiting nursing homes and hospitals.

Member 605452 answered on 3/15/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer