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How to Train Your Pet to be a Therapy Dog

shutterstock_226098787 wideHave you ever heard a story about a dog and owner that almost made you tear up? Many times these stories involve a therapy dog.

Although there are many different types of therapy dogs, they all have one thing in common. They all want the best for their owners. Many care for their owners day in and day out, doing whatever they can to help.

There are many things therapy dogs can do to help. They all have different tasks to do, such as visiting people at the hospital, helping a student study for an exam, and much more. No matter what they need to do, they will be there for you during your time of need.

Everyone believes he or she has the very best dog, which can make the owner wonder if the dog is cut out to be a therapy dog. Most dogs can easily become therapy dogs.

Any dog can be trained to be well behaved and to assist his or her owner in various tasks. However, therapy dogs must also love what they do. They must genuinely love helping their owners and seeing them happy.

There are some dogs that no matter how much you try to train them are not suited for this type of work. To sort out the dogs that are not qualified, there are requirements. For example, some dogs have much more energy than others. They require more walks and more time at the park. These types of dogs are not as good for the role of a therapy dog.

Some great qualities of service dogs are that they love seeing others happy, are willing to interact with others, have a calm demeanor, are okay with being physically uncomfortable, and are not easily unsettled.

If your dog has the above qualities, he or she may make a fantastic therapy dog. The first thing you will want to do is to sign your dog up for an obedience class. You can also begin to train him or her on your own too. If you have any questions about getting started, contact us today!