The Good Dog Difference

Good Dog is the only organization in New York City that offers true therapy team certifications. Good Dog fully participates in its teams’ therapy training and certifies that each of its teams is professionally trained to a specific high standard. Our therapy dog-handler teams undergo four weeks of our copyrighted training program so that our highly-skilled, professional trainers may evaluate teams throughout the training program. A one-time evaluation, which cannot grant a true certification status, is not in the best interest of the patients and clients served by therapy dogs. It is Good Dog’s philosophy that it trains and serves teams, not just dogs, and that a true relationship with a therapy team must be established and continually evaluated.

Once teams become certified Good Dog teams, they have the full support of Good Dog trainers and staff who coordinate therapy dog visits and maintain communication with its teams. To ensure that only teams who continue to meet Good Dog’s high standards are able to continue visiting people in need on official Good Dog visits, all teams are required to go through a full re-certification process every year.  Because Good Dog can stand behind its teams with full certification backing, it offers not only general liability insurance for the organization, but also volunteers are covered under a separate volunteer liability insurance policy while on official, pre-approved Good Dog visits. Good Dog never requires animal-assisted therapy exclusivity from any of its facilities as it believes that there is no shortage of people in need of the love and healing of therapy dogs.


The Good Dog Foundation:

  • Invests in its handlers and therapy animals by fully certifying its teams after they receive extensive copyrighted therapy training from Good Dog trainers;
  • Commits to the growth and development of therapy teams by providing ongoing feedback from trainers and re-certifying teams annually;
  • Provides access and coordinates visits to approximately 250 partner facilities, while under Good Dog supervision;
  • Never requires therapy dog exclusivity from partner facilities as there are always people that need the love of a therapy dog;
  • Offers specialty programs in crisis response;
  • Advances research and promotes awareness about the benefits of the human-animal bond;
  • Employs staff devoted to volunteer support; and
  • Boasts the resources of the largest certifying animal-assisted therapy organization on the East coast of the United States.