To become a member of Caring Canines, you must pass the AKC’s Canine Good Citizens test ( AND the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Inc. ( OR Delta Pet Partners ( test.

(You may become a member of Alliance of Therapy Dogs Inc. or Delta Pet Partners without membership in Caring Canines. Neither program requires taking a handling or obedience course in order to test, nor do they require you join a local therapy dog group).

The Canine Good Citizens class and test are offered at the following Richmond locations:

  • Richmond Dog Obedience Club
  • Siriusly Canine LLC
  • All Dog Adventures
  • Richmond SPCA
  • Reachk9

Caring Canines offers Alliance of Therapy Dogs Inc. testing every other month at Richmond Dog Obedience Club by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact Linda Heimiller at

If you  have already completed the necessary requirements, contact Aleta Shelton at