03-02-2016, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Larkspur
I don't know too much about one therapy org vs another. I do know that TDI discriminates against disabled people with service dogs and won't allow them to have a separate dog used as a therapy dog...
You can bring the dog to dog parks, human playgrounds, pet-friendly public areas, etc. to socialize her. You can get a vest saying "pet me," but you don't want people confusing her for a service dog. Don't bring her into non-pet-friendly places, since therapy dogs do not get public access (aside from their visiting old/sick people jobs).
Please check the TDI site for current testing rules. It very specifically says that service dogs cannot be certified as therapy dogs but that someone with a service dog may certify a separate dog. The two dogs must be tested together--that is, the handler must test as if the dogs would be working in brace, which they would be if the handler would require his/her service dog to be with him/her while doing therapy work--but it is possible for someone with a disability and a service dog to certify an additional non-service dog as a therapy dog. In addition, anyone, disabled or not, who would be handling two dogs at once would be required to test the dogs together. The purpose of testing them together is to make sure that the handler can manage both dogs at once and that the two dogs work together well. Some people with two certified dogs never test them in brace because they'd prefer to work them separately--for instance, I know someone with a mastiff and Newfoundland who are both TDI-certified but who just doesn't want to be handling 300 pounds of dog at once, so she works them separately--but in the case of someone who would have to have the service dog with him/her while doing therapy work, it would be necessary to test in brace to make sure the handler could deal with both dogs simultaneously, particularly since the jobs of the two dogs would be different.
It is true that TDI's insurance covers only dogs certified through TDI. It is not true that someone with a service dog is prohibited from certifying another non-service dog as a therapy dog.