What are Therapy Dogs?

Therapy dogs are our personal pets that have been trained and evaluated to provide comfort, companionship and entertainment for those in need.

Therapy dog activities include

    • Visiting schools, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries and any facilities where interaction(s) with dogs would benefit people
    • Petting, brushing, or just looking at the dog
    • With permission, carefully placing small dogs on a person’s lap or on the bed
    • Doing simple tricks or obedience routines to entertain and to help people take their minds off their problems
    • Walking alongside the dog and owner, or throwing toys for fetching games

A registered therapy dogs must

    • Be at least one year of age
    • Be good around other dogs
    • Listen to their handlers
    • Allow strangers to touch them all over
    • Not jump on people when interacting
    • Walk on a leash without pulling
    • Not mind strange noises and smells
    • Be calm for petting
    • Not be afraid of people walking unsteadily
    • Be current on all vaccines required by the local laws
    • Have a negative fecal test every 12 months
    • Be clean and well groomed

Any dog of any breed or mix of breeds with these qualifications is a good candidate to be a therapy dog. See Getting Started for more information on getting involved with your dog.

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