Frequently Asked Questions
All three categories of dogs perform special work in our communities but there are some significant differences between the three types of dogs.
are trained to a level of obedience which covers basic commands.
are encouraged to be accessible to more than one person during a therapy session.
may be approached when out walking because the handler and dog are “off duty.”
are normally family pets trained by their owners or by professional dog trainers.
maybe any breed of dog.
cost the same amount to raise as any other dog.
have no specific fitness or health regimes to abide by.
can continue working for as long as is appropriate (may vary by therapy dog group).
Common characteristics of all three categories of dogs:
What do you look for in a therapy dog?
A great temperament, meaning a dog that clearly enjoys being around people, even if they have never met that person before and is well socialized with other dogs.
Good obedience, to include a thorough understanding of the basic commands (sit, down, stay, leave it) with a strong focus on their owner.
Physically fit: able to pass a thorough medical examination given by a qualified veterinarian.