What is a therapy dog?
A therapy dog works with a handler to provide comfort and joy to those in hospitals, Story Dogs' reading with children program, schools, aged care facilities, courts, and so on.
I can assist in the training of your dog for entry into a therapy dog program. These one-on-one consultations will be geared towards the specific requirements and standards of training expected of a therapy dog.
There is no formal qualification or certification for a therapy dog and as this industry is unregulated, it is essential that you find a trainer and organisation that marries up to your ethical standards. Therapy dogs can and do and provide so much support to the people where they are working. There are no age or breed restrictions; the dogs just need to meet the required standard of training and behavioural temperament assessment criteria.