Kissing kisses can be one of the best therapies for us and therapy dogs offer a very specific service. There is no requirement of age and breed and a positive dog temperament test and good health can make a good candidate for being a therapeutic dog.
What is a therapeutic dog?
Therapy dogs interact with humans to provide feelings of well-being or to encourage rehabilitation through actual contact. Animals can provide a non-productive presence.
Hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and rehab centers can be stressful and frightening. A dog – simply being a normal swaying dog – helps restore normalcy to people of all ages who have to cope with abnormal situations.
There are two broad categories of therapeutic service. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) uses companion animals as part of patient therapy. Interactions with the dog are part of a treatment plan designed by a healthcare professional to improve the patient’s physical or emotional function. For example, throwing a ball or washing its layer encourages repetitive eye coordination exercises.
Animal-Assisted Activity Therapy (AAA) introduces pets to people attracted to encourage communication because patients often rest in the presence of a pet friendly. There is no formal treatment plan or professionally trained required.
Neither AAT nor AAA dogs are considered service animals by federal law.
Service animals are defined as those trained to actively assist people with disabilities.
What training is required?
To be a good therapeutic animal, your dog needs to be friendly to all people and calm and quiet in different environments. They should enjoy being touched by strangers , especially children, and know how to treat them nicely.
Older dogs usually make the best therapeutic animals, as they are less sensitive and know the basic belief. But you can start working your dog early to prepare you for a future as a therapeutic dog.
You also need to be friendly and kind listeners. Dogs of all sizes, mutts and purebreds do great therapy animals. Smaller dogs are great on a bed or lap. Larger dogs may encourage patients to throw a ball at them, for example, or they will stand next to a wheelchair or interaction bed.
A chain and collar, handles, and a grooming brush can be helpful tools. People who belong to your dog may want to clean up, feed on food to obey deception commands, or even walk around the hospital room.
Registration of Therapeutic Beings
You and your puppy do not have to register, but it is better to undergo formal training. The Delta Society offers home study courses and seminars to learn more, and lists animal training teams. Children with disabilities are also welcome and can provide even more inspiration to human patients with similar challenges.
Dogs should be considered healthy by a veterinarian, including vaccinations so far, and will be tested for basic obedience and conditions you may encounter during a visit.
Therapy Dogs International (TDI) also tests and registers therapy dogs. TDI is a volunteer group, but your pup must be at least one year old and pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. A good place to start is with A KC STAR Puppy Program. After that, you and the dog should be evaluated by a TDI assessor for temperament and suitability for work.