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Is Your Dog Meant to be a Therapy Pet?

therapy petDogs are lovable creatures that bring joy and meaning to people’s lives around the world. Isn’t it amazing how a dog can light up your life with a simple wag of their tail? It’s a beautiful thing that more and more people are starting to realize. There are numerous benefits of having a dog around.

Do you have a social, sweet and lovable canine at home? Have you noticed that your dog makes people smile without even trying? Does your dog love being a true companion to everyone he or she meets (there are always exceptions, of course)? If you answered yes to these three questions, your dog might be meant for therapy work.

Many dogs love being around people to offer a warm coat for them to rub or a shoulder to cry on. Some dogs crave, and thrive on, the attention they get from humans. Some dogs are just meant to make people feel great.

If you think your dog would make a great therapy pet, keep a few things in mind. Remember that it’s not just about the dog, but also about the dog-and-handler team. You have to be as willing to meet people as much as your pet is. It’s a duo, not a one-man show.

Being a therapy pet is an important job that should be taken seriously. Many people and dogs go through training to take on this reputable task. Not all pets or pet personalities are meant for therapy work. It’s challenging and not always as simple as you might think.

Keep in mind that just because you think your dog is the best thing since sliced bread, others may not. Not everyone will go gaga over your pup and that’s ok! It’s not about everyone. It’s about the few that you can truly help.

Reach out to someone who is already in this line of work to paint a clear picture for you. There might be a few steps for you to take before your dog can get to work helping people. Is your dog trained? Does he or she have proper manners? These are a few things to keep in mind.

If your pet is meant to be a therapy companion, congratulations! There are few things to keep at the forefront of your mind, yes, but this line of work can change your life. Seeing someone light up because you brought your dog on a therapy visit can change your perspective on things. It’s a magnificent way to give back.

If your dog is wonderful, why not share him or her with the world?

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