Therapy Dog program raises test standards

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Posted: April 27, 2013

The Winchester Star

Blue Ridge Dog Training Club training director Donna Thompson of Cross Junction uses a walker as she works with therapy dog Gracie at the Sportsplex in Kernstown. Therapy dog testing will be held Monday. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Blue Ridge Dog Training Club training director Donna Thompson of Cross Junction (right) and club member Linda Hammond of Winchester work with therapy dogs at the Sportsplex in Kernstown. Therapy dog testing will be held Monday. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

Winchester — The procedure to becoming a therapy dog has became more difficult.

The standard test for certification by Therapy Dogs International was changed this spring and became a little more…



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