The primary objective of Therapy Dogs is to bring smiles and a sense of well-being to everyone they visit. To do this, your dog must be safe, friendly and well trained.
NYOC Dog Training has two basic classes, Beginners 1 and 2 that will give you a start on this. You might also consider working with the NYOC Demonstration Team. The Demonstration Team visits senior’s residences, long term care homes, libraries, Girl Guide and Boy Scout groups. Although the dogs on the team do not have to be certified therapy dogs, they do have to have similar skills. Check out what is takes to join the Demonstration Team.
There are two organizations in Ontario that certify Therapy Dogs. Look at the criteria for both people and dogs.