5 Unbelievable Facts About Therapy Dogs
What is A Therapy Dog
Therapy dogs are trained professional dogs that are socialized through a certification program. These dogs provide support in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, colleges, corporations, and other distressing locations. The goal of training therapy dogs is to help improve the lives of other people in need of companionship. Therefore, these professional dogs are trained to work in public places. Places such as planes, restaurants, and libraries, are some of the places that allow therapy dogs.
Why Get a Therapy Dog
I am a bit biased because I love my dog, but if you have every had a special bond with any dog there is nothing quite like having them nearby you. Think about how much easier to is to get out of bed when you feel the wet noise of your dog poking you. Overall, having a dog is an incredible opportunity to learn how you can positively affect an animal’s life. Therapy dogs take this one step further by providing you and others with a calming feeling. They are socialized to let other pet them and be playful.
If you have ever been around a loving and caring animal, you might understand how relaxing it is to spend some time with them. These professional canines provide the extra support so people can relax and control their feelings. Most of the certification programs are very demanding and require the dogs to behavioral tests. Many companies use the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test to make sure the dog is ready to be pet and play with strangers.
How Can They Help
One study from Andreea A. Grigore Alina S. Rusu researched how therapy dogs can help socialize children who have autism. They combined therapy dogs with the popular social story method. The researchers released their results back in 2014 and found that including therapy dogs helped the children greet others and introduce themselves more often. The children needed less prompting to use their social skills.
A medical study included in the journal of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons ran a study to see if the soothing therapeutic ability of therapy dogs could help patients manage their pain after surgery. In this study, medical doctors supplied some patients who were recovering from total joint replacement with therapy dogs. The results are in, and the patients with therapy dogs did better. They reported less pain and recovered faster than the patients who had the standard treatment after surgery with no therapy dogs.
How To Prepare For A Therapy Dog
After learning so much about these therapy dogs, you may be thinking what do I need to find one that can help yourself. The American Kennel Club is an excellent organization to help you find a therapy dog. This company approves training site across the country, and they keep a list of breeders. Many of the breeders all train their dogs and other dogs. You can use this link to the American Kennel Club marketplace. At their marketplace, you can find a therapy dog according to your zip code. If you own a dog, the American Kennel Club can also help you find a trainer that will teach your dog how to be a therapy dog.
Breeds of Therapy Dogs
Trying to pick the best therapy dog for you is a serious decision. You shouldn’t pick one without considering how the dog will be helping you. With this in mind, a great place to start is with the size of the dog. There are small and large breeds with their unique advantages. Small dogs are helpful because they are easy to lift up and don’t take up much room. Large dogs are helpful because they can climb onto beds and might be calmer. Here is a list provided by the Companion Animals corporation that can be helpful in making this choice. If the dog is calm there is a greater chance that training will be faster and more successful.
Therapy dogs have recently been in the news for their great work. One dog mentioned online is Argos. He mostly provides comfort for children who are struggling with difficult issues. Argos was one of the initial therapy dog serving children at the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center. Another therapy dog who recently made it onto the news for its work is Fraser of the HCA Virginia’s unique Pet Therapy program. A video here shows how Fraser helped patients by providing comfort. Generally speaking, most people seem to find therapy dogs seem to be helpful. They provide a service that helps people heal both physically, and mentally. At present, the number of therapy dogs continues to grow. Hopefully, more animals can be hired to provide this service. Several places they would be helpful include residential homes, hospitals, mental treatment facilities, schools, and any place with a high-level stress.
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