Re: Dog Aggression?
The Delta test requires a Meet and Greet, so your dog has to remain in a sit (or wait) while you greet another handler with her dog. Then you have to pass each other, with your dog on a loose leash.
Not only may you encounter another therapy dog that is also working, but some nursing homes (hospice, etc) allow families to bring in family pets to visit clients. These are simply pets and owners that may have no training to speak of, so your dog may have to deal with another dog that really has no social skills.
And even if someone says, "well, I wouldn't want to visit a place like that anyhow," please keep in mind that service dogs go everywhere. These are highly trained dogs -- and yes, they're trained to deal with (ignore) -- distractions. But a person with a disability should not have to deal with an aggressive dog in a hospital or similar setting provoking and possibly endangering his dog (and himself). It's hard enough dealing with such things when you're on the streets, in pet shops, etc and half expecting them.
But dOg says, when an aggressive dog is around the next corner in a place you never expect it, well, it's just not fair to anyone.