Thursday, January 3, 2013

What is a Pet Therapy Dog?

The benefits of having a therapy dogs seem to be endless. Morris K9 Campus along with Creature Comfort Pet Therapy have developed a class aimed at helping to prepare your pooch to become a therapy dog. Once your dog is a certified therapy dog, they can visit a variety of places such as schools and nursing homes. Studies have shown that dogs have a calming effect on people which can help reduce stress and assist in opening up communications.
Therapy dogs are often confused with service dogs, but the two duties are vastly different. Service dogs are trained to focus on one specific person for a particular disability. Therapy dogs work with more than one person or groups for a variety of reasons. A therapy dog is considered a pet, and the owner and dog volunteer their time in order to help others. A service dog is not considered a pet, they are working dogs, which is the reason they are allowed in places, such as restaurants or other places that have “no pet” policies.
The Pet Therapy Prep class at Morris K9 Campus, partners with Creature Comfort Pet Therapy, and is a four-week course. It includes three weeks of instruction, followed by your dog’s evaluation with Creature Comfort.

Abbie Stuttard is the Daycare Manager at Morris K9 Campus, and is currently enrolled in the Pet Therapy Prep course. Abbie is hoping to find a positive outlet that really highlights her dog’s love of people. She said, “Livvy is a 6 ½ year old Shepherd mix that I rescued at 3 months. From the moment I rescued her, she always had a love for people, tall and short, old and young. Since joining Morris K9 Campus and going through pet training and agility, I wanted to find her something that truly makes her happy and can give joy to others.”

Over the course of the next month we will follow Livvy’s progress through the Pet Therapy Prep class.

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