Science has shown us how beneficial therapy dogs can be. Visits from a therapy dog can lower blood pressure and heart rate and reduce patient anxiety.
Therapy dogs can be seen in a variety of settings. Hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools and libraries are just a few examples. Because of the many benefits they bring, therapy dogs are in high demand.
Therapy dog candidates should be naturally calm, friendly and affectionate to strangers. They also need to be well trained in basic obedience, able to easily adapt to new noises, places, smells, and equipment. Therapy dog organizations also require that therapy dogs be healthy and have regular wellness check-ups and be well-groomed, clean and brushed at the time of all visits. (pre-registration required)