Hello, I've always wanted to get into animal therapy and used certain criteria I felt would be needed in that field when picking my most recent dog. I just had a few questions for those experienced.
What is a good place to start learning? As far as information, books, articles, websites, organizations, etc? Does a dog have to get it's CGC before it can begin trying for therapy certification?
What is the best free online assessment for your dog's temperament? I've found several of them over the past few months I've researched (most I've lost however, so if you could like that would be fantastic!)
Does a therapy dog have to be certified and gain proof of this certification or can it's owner simply contact the nursing home/therapy center, etc, that they would like to visit?
Also if there is anything you would consider relevant to a newbie hoping to participate in animal-assisted therapy, please share! I would love to get in touch with other therapy dog owners/trainers/workers just to know they are out there and hear their stories!