Therapy Dog International Evaluation

Help your dog become a registered therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. Register for testing at the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Therapy Dogs International (TDI) Testing Guidelines

The TDI Test is divided into two phases and has 13 individual testing exercises. The Test is designed to simulate visitations at a facility with a therapy dog. This test reflects situations and should be helpful in evaluating the potential therapy dog.

• TDI entry table = Facility check-in desk
• TDI Evaluator = Volunteer coordinator
• Helpers = Hospital personnel
• Helper on crutches = Patient on crutches
• Helper in a wheelchair = Patient in a wheelchair
• Helper with a walker = Patient with a walker
• Helper or Evaluator = Hospital personnel with an object to startle the dog dropping a bedpan, etc.
• Helpers mingling = Hospital personnel, other visitors, or patients • Door or outline of a Hospital entrance or exit door

Phase I
Begins with testing of all of the applicants in a group, excluding the part where the dog will be handled by a stranger out of sight of the handler.

Phase II
The dog will be tested on an individual basis.

1. Dogs must be tested on a plain buckle collar or harness. Training collars, training harnesses, halties, or any other corrective training devices are not permitted during testing or visiting as a TDI-registered Therapy Dog.

2. Dogs must be a minimum of one year old to be tested.

3. Handlers under 18 years of age must have a parent/legal guardian present.

4. Greyhounds are not required to sit for TDI Testing

Testing is $15 per dog.

Registration is limited. 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

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