Essential Part of Your Pet’s Well-Being
Good candidates to become a therapy dog should be of calm disposition and generally affectionate toward strangers. Additionally, a therapy dog must be at ease while working in proximity to special needs people who may be in a wheelchair or bedridden.
The dog will also need to be comfortable around young children, and with the sounds of medical equipment they may encounter in a hospital or assisted living facility. Equally important: therapy dogs must take pleasure in their work! It’s these traits, rather than a dog’s pedigree or age that will determine if he or she is a viable candidate to become a therapy dog.
Basic obedience training (offered at Woofbeach), is very helpful for a potential therapy dog too. Therapy dog organizations typically require their dogs to receive regular check-ups and remain well-groomed when they spend time with patients. It’s recommended that therapy dogs go through the American kennel club’s canine good citizen program (also available here at Woofbeach).