Therapy dogs should not be confused with service dogs whose goal is to care for their own handler and their special needs but they are a separate category of specially trained hounds. Since there are quite a few certified therapy greyhounds in Southern California and many of them have been certified by BARK, a 501(c)(3) organization in Long Beach CA we have we have asked Linda Bates one of their certified trainer/ evaluator to come to the event and do a BARK and/or American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen testing. The testing will be held from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Race to the Park for a $10 evaluation fee that will be donated to GreySave.
If you think your hound has what it takes to be a BARK therapy dog or a AKC Canine good Citizen or you just want to know more about both programs contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can talk to her and/or just set up a time to have your hound take the test. To find out more about the requirements for both BARK and AKC Canine Good Citizen check out their respective websites. http://barkdogs.org/default.html and http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/training-testing/