Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Independent Therapy Dogs, Incorporated  is a California 501(c)(3) corporation that shares the wonderful joys of therapy dogs with people of all ages.
We bring trained therapy dogs to a variety of events and locations, including university de-stress festivals, elementary classrooms, convalescent homes, libraries and more! 
All our therapy dog visits are free.

What Makes a Good Therapy Dog?


õ    The dog demonstrates behavior that is reliable, controllable, and predictable and inspires confidence in the person or persons it is interacting with.


õ    The dog actively solicits interactions with people and is accepting and forgiving of differences in people’s reactions and behavior.


õ    The dog demonstrated relaxed body posture, moments of sustained eye contact (dependent upon the breed) and relaxed facial expressions.


õ    The dog is more people-oriented than dog-oriented.


õ    The dog likes being petted, touched and hugged.


õ    The dog is able to remain calm with people doing things such as speaking loudly, clumsy movements and clapping.


õ    When approached from the rear, the dog may show curiosity, but does not startle, growl, jump up, bark, eliminate, act shy or resentful.


õ    The dog can walk on various surfaces reasonably comfortably, including carpet, concrete, asphalt, tile, linoleum, rubber matting and wooden floors.


õ    The dog can be held by a person other than its owner for several minutes, continuing to demonstrate good manners with no vocalizing or extreme nervousness.


õ    The dog is outgoing, friendly and confident in new settings.

If you are interested in being a part of this organization, please visit the Application page.
If you would like to donate to this organization or sponsor a therapy dog outreach event, please visit the Donate page.

Interested in learning more?
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Event Calendar

Recent Announcements

  • ITD, Inc. Team Featured on CBS 8 News Catherine Rodriguez and her dog Honey Bear are one of the many ITD, Inc. therapy dog Teams. In addition, Honey Bear is Catherine's Service Dog. This video shows the wonderful bond between these two.Watch the video:
    Posted Dec 8, 2011, 11:10 AM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.
  • 09 SEPTEMBER 2011 Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc. is recognized as one of AKC's therapy dog organizations.
    Posted Sep 16, 2011, 5:22 PM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.
  • 30 JULY 2011 "America Cares" bi-annual package drive Veteran's Museum & Memorial in Balboa Park, San Diego - Therapy dog Teams provided support for Honoring Our Troops volunteers as they packed 456 care packages to send overseas for our troops.      
    Posted Sep 16, 2011, 5:20 PM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.
  • Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.'s own Sandy Storrie Helping Others SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - They say in life you have to ask for what you want, and that's just what a Virginia boy suffering from epilepsy did when he needed a life-saving service dog.Seven-year-old Evan Moss dreamed up an idea that was bigger than life. He suffers from epilepsy, and needed to come up with $13,000 to buy himself a service dog that will alert his parents when he has a life-threatening seizure.So Evan wrote a book about the dog he needed, and the money and compassion came pouring in from across the country.Sandy Storrie lives in Clairemont and when she saw Evan's story on News 8, she immediately picked ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2011, 7:46 AM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.

  • Posted Sep 4, 2010, 5:25 AM by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.
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