AKC Therapy Dog

Who may participate?

All dogs, both purebred and mixed breed.

Puppies must have had necessary immunizations, and owner will sign Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a Veterinarian.

AKC Registered or PAL Numbers are acceptable.

The dog must be approved by and working under the auspices of an AKC accepted Therapy Dog Organization. 

Bringing smiles to faces, a calming influence, and sometimes just a hug, Therapy Dogs and the service they provide are perhaps one of the most important jobs that our dogs may do for all of us.  AKC wants to reward those filling this important need.

AKC Therapy Dog titles are based on the number of visits made to facilities, under the auspices of an accepted Therapy Dog Organization.

Titles available are:

  • AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) – Must have completed 10 visits.
  • AKC Therapy Dog (THD) – Must have completed 50 visits.
  • AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (THDA) – Must have completed 100 visits.
  • AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (THDX)- Must have completed 200 visits.
  • AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD) – Must have completed 400 visits.

If your dog is certified, by an AKC recognized therapy dog organization, has an AKC, PAL or AKC Partner number, they will be eligible if you submit the correct paperwork.

For more information, visit the American Kennel Club Website, www.akc.org.

Do I have to have AKC Title for Therapy Dog to work with my dog as a Therapy Dog?

There are several good Therapy Dog Organizations that you can work with to train and certify your dog as a Therapy Dog.

A Basset Hound can provide unlimited comfort in a number of settings, and there is no better way to spend your time with your dog than providing comfort and care to others in need.  Explore the world of the Therapy Dog.