Sioux Empire Kennel Club

Helping dogs live better lives since 1961

What is a therapy dog and how can i become a certified team with TDI?

Becoming a therapy team is a very rewarding experience. Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort and affection to anyone who needs it. Therapy dogs and their owners work to improve the lives of other people.  Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, elementary schools (Tail Waggin Tutors), hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.

TDI registers all breeds of dogs. Some dogs have pedigrees, while others have been adopted from local shelters or are rescue dogs.

To belong to Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator. A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.). Sioux Falls has a very active local chapter in TDI.

Therapy Dog International-TDI 

Sioux Falls Therapy Dog  Face Book page

AKC link to therapy dog info

Manners Class and Therapy Dog Testing

2019 Dates for Manners Classes and Therapy Dog Testing

Spring Class Sessions 1:00 - 3:00 pm
March  9, 16, 23, 30
April 13–Testing Sessions 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Fall Class Sessions 1:30 - 2:30 PM
September 14, 21, 28 & October 5
October 12 – Testing Sessions 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Classes held at Sioux Empire Kennel Club Building (Old MacDonald's Farm building at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds).  Manners Class is very helpful, but it is NOT REQUIRED prior to testing.

To attend the Manners Class, dogs must be at least one year old by the testing date following the Manners Class, they must have completed an obedience class, and they cannot have been obedience trained using an electronic collar.

 The fee is $40.00. 

Please email [email protected] for more information and registration materials for the class and the testing procedures for therapy dogs.