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Therapy Dog Information

Click below to get vital information about Therapy Dogs and serving your community.  If you have questions please use this page as a resource to get answers.  Check back often as we are continually adding more info as we grow with you.

Overview of Therapy Dogs

A therapy dog is defined as a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, people with learning difficulties, and stressful situations, such as disaster areas. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is its temperament.  The role of therapy dogs is to react and respond to people and their environment, under the guidance and direction of their owner. Therapy dogs can also be used as part of animal assisted therapy. This aims to improve a person’s social, cognitive and emotional functioning.

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Types of Therapy Dogs

Research shows therapy dogs can reduce stress physiologically (cortisol levels) and increase attachment responses that trigger oxytocin – a hormone that increases trust in humans. Dogs also react positively to animal-assisted activities.  Any and all breeds can serve the public as a Therapy Dog.  Training and certification varies — Any dog that can be controlled, calm and responsive to their owner are excellent candidates.  From Chihuahua to Great Dane and every friendly, loving dog in between.

Medical science shows that interaction with a therapy dog can reduce blood pressure; promote physical healing; reduce anxiety, fatigue and depression; and provide emotional support.  Register now and start making a REAL difference.


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The Process To You Make Your Dog A Therapy Dog

The process to train and register your dog to support those in need is actually quite simple.  Official Service Dogs have strict guidelines, training requirements and documentation.  ESA (Emotional Support Animals) also must meet certain criteria to be certified.  Therapy Dogs, however, have an easier, less complicated path to helping their community.  We make the process simple by asking the easy, but important questions about your Dog’s ability to interact with people, their general demeanor and your ability to make visits to those who request your service.  To see how simple it can be, click or tap the Register Your Dog button and get started Now!

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