The following policies apply for dog/handler teams interested in taking the TDI Test:-Dogs must be a minimum of one year old to be tested.-The dog must be healthy. (Please see our Registration Requirements Page for our Health Requirements)-The handler must be of good character.-There is NO minimum age for handlers, but handlers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult on visitations and the Registration Form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.-TDI Associate Members and their dog(s) may not visit, be registered by, or be active under the auspices of another Therapy Dog-related visitation program, organization, or group other than TDI.-TDI cannot register service dogs.*-The Evaluation begins as soon as the Evaluator is able to observe you and your dog, not only when you are going through the test requirements as a dog/handler team.-Potential applicants are NOT required to take any Therapy Dog classes. At the present time, TDI does not offer or sanction any Therapy Dog classes.-If a handler wants to visit with more than one dog at a time, all dogs visiting together must be tested at the same time. The team must go through the entire test and work as one unit. All dogs tested together in a multiple dog test must have passed the TDI Test individually first.*People with disabilities requiring a service dog cannot use the service dog as a therapy dog. However, they can be tested with another dog which is not a service dog. The service dog and the pet dog must go through the testing procedures at the same time.Testing Fees-The fee for a TDI Evaluation of a dog/handler team should not exceed $10. However, if the test site charges a fee for the use of their location or the Evaluator must travel to the location of the test, the fee may be higher.-Testing fees are charged per dog: -1 Dog + 1 Handler = $10.00 -1 Dog + 2 Handlers = $10.00 -2 Dogs + 1 Handler = $20.00 -2 Dogs + 2 Handlers = $20.00-Multiple handlers may test with the same dog without being charged an additional testing fee for each handler.-One handler with more than one dog will be charged $10 for each dog they are being tested with as a dog/handler team.-There is no additional fee for a “Multiple Dog Test” in which one handler is tested with two or more dogs at the same time; however, both dogs must be tested individually prior to a “Multiple Dog Test.”
The Following is helpful information about the AKC CGC/CGCA TestMany dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you'll continue training in obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events.AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program is one of the most rapidly growing programs in the American Kennel Club. There are many exciting applications of this wonderful, entry level that go beyond the testing and certifying of dogs.Who Can Participate?All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines. Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.There is no age limit for the CGC test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen. Puppies who have completed all immunizations and boosters may be tested, however, because we know that behavior and temperament can change over time, when puppies pass the CGC test, owners should have them re-tested as adults.There are a few exceptions relating to participation in a CGC test. If the CGC test is given at an AKC show, the age requirements for the show apply to CGC also. Further, when the CGC test is administered at an AKC show, the test may be restricted to only dogs entered in the show or to purebred dogs.Some dogs who are entered in CGC tests will have completed CGC classes or basic obedience classes. Owners who have trained their dogs themselves may also have their dogs tested. Clubs and training programs in almost every city can provide CGC training to owners and dogs who need to learn a few more skills before taking the test.
TDI/CGC TrainingTo be determined $15/dog Non-members $10 Members Limit 6This class will go over and Practice those things pertaining to the AKC Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog skills. If you would like to enroll your dog in these class please contact