Therapy Dogs are
volunteer dogs, along with
handlers, which are brought into schools, hospitals, convalescent
homes, and other therapeutic settings to interact with patients and
staff. The dogs are there for the patient to pet, comb, walk or just
talk to. The gift to others by dogs are heart-felt.
It may spark the memory of a former pet,
soothe a patient's worries or brighten their day from the usual
unexciting one. The rewards of volunteering as a Therapy Dog
team are not only beneficial to the patient, but also for you and
Therapy Dogs are NOT service dogs.
[Service dogs assist the hearing
impaired, physical handicap and sight impaired.]
If you believe your dog is a natural "super hero" and ready
for testing, then perhaps now is the time!
If you believe basic obedience training such as:
Canine Good Citizen
and/or Therapy Dog Prep classes
benefit you and your dog, we help you learn how to handle
certain situations that might occur in the field.
It will also teach your dog how to stay focused on you and remain
calm in highly distracting environments.
An even temperament and
proper socialization are key elements for a dog to become a
registered Therapy Dog. By going to Therapy Dog preparation training
classes, it can help an owner understand what is required of them
and their dog in order to become a confident Therapy Dog team.