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
  • ReachK9
  • K9Konditioning
  • All Dog Adventures
  • Richmond SPCA
  • Level Up

To search for a therapy dog evaluator in your area, go to: Alliance of Therapy Pet

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