In an effort to honor the thousands of therapy dog teams that make a difference in the lives of others daily, the AKC has added four new titles to its popular AKC Therapy DogTM program.
In addition to the AKC Therapy Dog (ThD) title (awarded after 50 visits), the AKC now offers:
AKC Therapy Dog Novice (ThDN) – Awarded after 10 visits
AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (ThDA) – Awarded after 100 visits
AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (ThDX) – Awarded after 200 visits
AKC Distinguished Therapy Dog (ThDD) – Awarded after 400 visits
“The AKC heard from many dog owners whose dogs had already earned the ThD title and who wanted additional formal recognition of their ongoing commitment to volunteering to help others. We’re pleased to expand the AKC Therapy Dog program as a result of these requests,” said Doug Ljungren, Vice President of AKC Sports and Events. “We’ve also added a way to acknowledge beginning therapy dogs, hoping that this will encourage even more dogs and owners to participate in therapy dog work.”
Dogs who are registered and approved by recognized therapy dog organizations may apply to earn the AKC Therapy Dog titles, which will be listed on the dog’s AKC title record. Any dog, including mixed breeds, can earn AKC Therapy Dog titles as long as the dog is AKC-registered, listed with AKC Canine Partners or enrolled in the Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program. AKC does not train or certify therapy dogs.
Applications for the new titles will be accepted beginning June 1st, with titles awarded beginning July 1st.
Here is my first 'retired' Puli cross female. She was donated and now is in CA working as a seizure alert dog to this tiny little baby. With NO previous training till she left home. They are exceptionally intelligent
This makes my heart so happy and is why I continue to breed this hybrid.
Ava is a star. She was alerting like crazy before Rori's oxygen saturation dropped. I was like WHATS WRONG, it's not me, my blood sugars fine! She was alerting because Rori was having a SEIZURE!! The neurologist just confirmed it. She's amazing!
You're an angel from space for placing her with me.
Not one doctor told us she was at risk for seizures or strokes
I AM SO VERY PROUD OF MY BREED AS THEY HAVE EXCELLED AT THEIR WORK AS THERAPY OR SERVICE DOGS.
I NOW HAVE MANY DOGS THAT HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS DIABETIC ALERT DOGS, PTSD DOGS, LICENSED AND CERTIFIED COUNSELING DOGS, ETC, ETC.
THIS IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT AS MOST OF THE DOGS EXCELLING AT THIS WORK ARE RETIRED BREEDING DOGS WHO STARTED LIFE IN MY KENNEL AS BREEDING DOGS. THIS VERY MUCH SHOWS THE CARING START THEY GET HERE AT PECAN PLACE KENNELS AND THE EXCELLENT ADAPTABILITY OF THIS FANTASTIC BREED THAT IS NEEDED TO COMPLETELY RE-INVENT THEMSELVES AS MUCH NEEDED HELP TO THEIR NEW HANDICAPPED 'PEOPLE'.
Pecan Place donated chocolate multigen 'NOW HERSHEY"
Your cherry cola pup has started DAD work:) she alerted in Saturdays class and at her new home Sunday she astonished the whole family by catchingthe little girl at 457 high and keeping her from hospital visit. Then with house full of people and extra dog in the mix she lay down watching the child test and when the testing was complete she was satisfied they had listened to her. Dad wAs a non-believer but has now converted to our team! He was stunned (texted from new service dog home)
Here I go bragging again but it gives me so much joy and so many blessings to be a part of this team that is saving childrens' lives!! This little darling did this one day before her 13 week old birthday. This wonderful pup is a daughter of Diane and a granddaughter of Claudette. Both are from my 'Panda' working, foundation line...I just love every one of them.
I just can't believe that I am able to enjoy seeing my 'kids' going out to improve the world. God is good!
She is now an official member of a medical staff team.
She was our pilot dog for the Pilot therapy dog program at Eastern State in Lexington. They have never had any therapy dogs on their campus. She was adopted by one of their lead nurses (head RN) for therapy dog use. Thanks to your donation and her placement, she has now earned us the right to bring in other therapy dogs to be used in Animal Assisted Therapy with the patients. Dr. Q-Tip as she is now called, (and on her ID Badge) is a certified member of the medical staff at Eastern State and her ID Badge states so. She is also a Certified and Insured member in good standing of our Pawsibilities Unleashed Therapy Group. We are proud to claim her as part of our team!
I thought you would be proud of her accomplishments. Feel free to post this on your site:)
NO, HE IS NOT AVAILABLE BUT I'M SO PROUD I COULD BUST AND JUST WANTED TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU ABOUT THIS BREED!
I am VERY, VERY proud of this Claudette/KC baby boy...I donated him to Pawsabilities Unleashed about a month ago because of his exceptional temperament and drive an now AT ONLY 16 WKS OLD he is a working service dog to an autistic child with Diabetes. Just this last week he has alerted the parents on this child at both a high and low blood sugar emergency which involved waking them in the middle of the night for their call to action. This will certainly be a new wonderful life for this child and his anxious parents and this makes what I am doing with my kennel so very important and validated!
Some of My Doggies who have been donated and are working as therapy or service dogs.
Remember me? I am in class and going to b a Service Dog for a lady who has anxiety and panic attacks. Part of my job will b to get her out of house more and help her with depression. So far Aunt Liz says I am awesome