Therapy Dog Training

A friend when you need it most

Dogs do more than just offer joy and companionship. Because they are so highly attuned to our behaviours and emotions, they can play a very valuable role in the wellbeing of our community.

A therapy dog is a dog that is carefully selected and trained to provide affection, comfort, and support to people in settings such as hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, libraries, hospices, courts, and disaster areas. These dogs are specifically trained so they can interact with all kinds of people,, not just their handler, and can work in a variety of environments. They can help reduce anxiety, depression and support memory and increase confidence to interact with the world.

Training a therapy dog is not just about the training. The temperament and experiences the dog has previously had also play a large part in whether the dog will be successful in his role. I have successfully trained a number of therapy dogs and I am passionate about educating people about how to do it and the enormous benefits that can be achieved.

I am proud to be working currently with ‘Hope for Our Children’ to train more therapy dogs who bring joy and comfort to children in the toughest times. They will help calm children who are giving evidence in court Children in hospitals and also vulnerable children who have been removed from their home.

 

Hope for Our Children.
Girl with dog.
Man in wheelchair with dog.
Man with dog.

A short video on the wonderful work therapy dogs do…

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