Therapy Dogs

Cavalier King Charles SpanielTherapy dogs provide service by providing emotional and mental support to people. Their comforting presence helps people have lower blood pressure and heart rate. Therapy dogs are also known to decrease anxiety and increase oxytocin and endorphins. Regardless of a dog's size and breed, he can be a therapy dog, provided that he has a gentle and friendly disposition.

Therapy dogs are not required to perform specific tasks. They are commonly seen interacting with various people in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centres, and other establishments. A dog may qualify as a therapy dog once he passed the evaluation and training course. Therapy dogs do not have special permission to accompany their owners in public places.

The Therapy Dog Group is made up of three subgroups based on their specific functions.

  1. Therapeutic Visitation Dogs
    These are household dogs that are trained and sent to visit nursing homes and detention facilities. They give consolation to individuals who are away from their homes because of physical or mental issues.

  2. Animal-Assisted Therapy Dogs
    These types of therapy dogs are often found in rehabilitation centres. They work together with an occupational and physical therapist, and their main goal is to help people recover.

  3. Facility Therapy Dogs
    They are commonly designated in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Facility therapy dogs keep in company residents who are suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's, and other mental diseases.

Want a dog from the Therapy Dog Group? Here is a list of the dog breeds commonly qualified to be therapy dogs:

Therapy Dog Highlights:

  • They lessen feelings of estrangement and loneliness.
  • They help boost recovery time.
  • They give comfort, especially to those who are anxious or depressed.
  • They provide relaxation to people through their calming presence.
  • They assist in improving verbal communication and social skills.
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As with all dog breeds, therapy dogs have different as well as common traits. It is best to do your research on particular therapy dogs that you are interested in getting or buying, so you know exactly what to expect. Dogs, in general, are affected by several factors (e.g., environment, training, and socialisation) that will determine whether they grow up as well-rounded adult dogs.

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