Pet Assisted Therapy
Therapy dog work is one of the many ways you can help others with your love of dogs and people, but it takes a dog with a certain temperament and training before hospital and nursing home personnel will allow you to bring an animal into their facility. Typically a certified therapy dog goes through many hours of obedience training and socialization and passes the Canine Good Citizen test.
One group that certifies therapy training is the Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc., a non-profit, human service organization whose programs promote health and well being through interactions with companion animals. There is also a program called R.E.A.D. which stands for Reading Education Assistance Dogs. You have to be a member of a therapy dog organization before you and your pet can become R.E.A.D. partners.
My 3-year old, British lab, Kyla is my loyal therapy dog and babysitter.
Three brochures (pdf format) that contain details regarding the Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. organization are linked here:
The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.
How Does My Dog Become A Pet Therapist?
The B&B Therapy Dogs Recollections II
If you are interested in learning more about what is necessary to train your dog to do therapy work, contact Sandy Conner.