Dogs make many people happy. There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They help to reduce stress and increase enjoyment in one’s life.
If you are experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, chronic pain, or any other mental or physical health disorder, a therapy dog might help you to feel better. Research and studies have been done to show how having a dog as a companion can help people to feel better emotionally.
Building a bond with a dog can provide you with the emotional support you need to overcome a range of mental health conditions and emotional issues. If you have a disability, you may also want to look into getting a service dog.
If you want to know how to get a therapy dog, this guide will give you the information you are looking for.
Therapy Dog Certification Process
If you are looking for a support dog or comfort dog, getting a therapy dog or getting your dog registered as a service dog could be the best choice for you. The first thing that you need to do is to learn more about the therapy dog certification process.
You will first need to find the dog that you want to adopt. You will need to spend some time researching what dog breed will be best and which dog breed is right for you.
There are some dog breeds that make the best therapy dogs. For instance, you might want to get a labrador or a golden retriever.
In addition, you should pay attention to the dog’s temperament and behavior. You will likely want a dog that likes you to pet him or her and to play with them. After you have found the dog that meets these requirements, you can start training them.
The training process is essential if you are going to have a therapy dog. You might want to work with a professional and get dogs that are easy to train. If you are going to train the dog on your own, you should teach them the following:
- To sit and lay down
- Not to jump
- Not to bark a lot
- Not to chew on inappropriate things
- To come when you call them
- To lay down with you when you need cuddles
These are just some of the things that you might want to train your soon-to-be therapy dog to do.
After you have trained your dog, it is time to register them. There are numerous organizations that will certify your dog as a therapy dog. Generally, these organizations will require the dog to be 1 year or older. They will need to have all the required shots and vaccinations. You might need to prove your dog’s medical history and dog’s age to the organization, as well.
There will likely be a certification test that proves your dog has the best qualities to become a therapy dog. If your dog doesn’t pass, they might need more training. You might need to pass a test to show that you can manage your dog when they are in public or in other areas.
Learn More About the Therapy Dog Requirements
If you want your dog to become a therapy dog, they might need to meet certain requirements. Some of these include the following:
These are some of the requirements of having a good therapy dog.
Therapy Dog Classifications
It is important to know that therapy dogs aren’t usually protected by the Emotional Support Animal law in the United States. They are also not the same thing as a service dog. Learning more about the classifications of a therapy dog can give you a better idea of what role your dog will play in yours and other people’s lives.
These are just some of the types of therapy dogs that you should know about. It is also a good idea to learn more about having a therapy dog.
Having a Therapy Dog
If you are thinking about getting a therapy dog, it is important to know that the experience can be very rewarding. However, you will have quite the responsibility, as well. To some degree, the well-being and happiness of the people you are bringing your dog to, will be dependent on your dog and yourself. You will need to make sure your dog is properly trained to best help these people. Regular veterinarian visits and spending a lot of time with your dog will likely be necessary.
It is a huge decision to get a therapy dog. However, if you believe you are ready to do this, be sure to follow the steps and information mentioned above. Once you find the right dog to get as a therapy dog, you can start the training and registration process. After your dog is certified, you can take them around to certain facilities to help people out. You can also have them help you overcome certain mental or emotional issues you might be having, too.
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