Therapy Dogs man's best friend making the world a better place

What Therapy dogs are like

( Description) Therapy dogs are dogs who are trained to stay calm and comfort people. They are proven to help patients become more active and responsive during and after visits. Therapy dogs visit patients of all ages in hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities. They let patients and families who are struggling pet the therapy dog. This comforts the patient and the families. The top five therapy dogs are Labrador Retriever, German Shepard, Greyhound, Beagle, and Poodle.

These are the top five therapy dogs. bottom right: Poodle bottom left: Beagle top left: Golden Retriever top right: German Shepard center: greyhound

Emotional and Physical Health Improving

(problem and solution) Many people suffer from injuries or mental health issues. This can often cause emotional health to also be damaged. This is a problem. A solution that is very common today is therapy dogs. Dogs have visited people in nursing homes; however scientists have proven therapy dogs improve emotional and physical health. Therapy dogs have helped improve the behavior of Dementia patients. This shows therapy dogs are the solution to physical and emotional health issues.

Process of Training

( sequence) When training a therapy dog you must first assess age and health of your dog. service dogs should be neutered, past puppy stage, and healthy. Second, test your dog's personality. A good therapy dog should be calm, cool, and collected as well as alert and responsive. Next, find a reputable service dog trainer. It is majorly important to have the right training for your dog. After that, train your therapy dog. The three basics are heeling (staying at the side of trainer until told otherwise), proofing ( tuning out distractions and listening to commands) , and tasking ( learning to do the tasks they are told). The next step is Public Access Test. Basic expectations are no aggressive behaviors, no sniffing, no solicitations, for food or affection and curbed excitement. Next, registration and equipping. Documenting the training process, public access test, and registration will help your dog officially become a service dog. Finally, find someone to help. There is always someone in need of the comfort of a dog.

Happier Lives

(cause and effect) Because of increasing amounts of therapy dogs, more patients of all ages get to enjoy therapy dogs. Therefore more people have improved emotional and physical health while in medical facilities. In a CBS story a Leukemia patient named Spencer, who is 14, is frequently visited by a therapy dog named Galant. Spencer said "its definitely the best part of my day. They make me feel better". Scientific studies show that because of therapy dogs patients' stress hormone level drops dramatically when being in contact with a therapy dog.This shows that therapy dogs make patients' lives happier.

Service dog vs. Therapy dog

Many people confuse therapy dogs and service dogs. Not only do service dogs have different jobs, but they are also chosen because of different characteristics. Service dogs are chosen for qualities like temperament, size,and intelligence. On the other hand, therapy dogs can be pets but service can't. Therapy dogs are chosen for calmness, intelligence, and tolerance. Both dogs are intelligent and help keep people safe.

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Created with images by greekfood-tamystika - "woman silhouette seaside silhouette woman" • tookapic - "labrador retriever dog head" • andyround62 - "german shepherd gsd dog" • KlausHausmann - "dog animal greyhound" • Somo_Photography - "pet animal puppy" • katja - "dog adrift poodle"

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