Most therapy dogs go through basic obedience classes or are self-taught by the handler. They should be able to listen well without rewards and can listen well around other dogs. There are a few ways to become certified as a therapy dog team.
Each group has different requirements and the insurance varies depending on which group is chosen. For additional information about the groups, check out their websites. Each group certifies differently, so please do your research and ask questions to find out which group suits your needs.