The Dog Alliance is proud to introduce you to our certified therapy dog handlers and their very special, highly trained therapy dog partners. The Dog Alliance recognizes the importance of certifying therapy dog teams, rather than simply registering them. The Dog Alliance therapy dog teams are certified and there is an important difference between registration and certification, despite the terms sometimes being used interchangeably. Certification implies that the organization has participated in the handler’s and the animal’s training. Whereas registration requires a one-time screening, a registration organization does not certify that the team is trained to a certain level. Instead, the team is registered as having met minimum requirements.