Therapy Dog Training
Therapy dogs are a special kind of canine companion that provide emotional and physical support to those in need. These dogs have been specially trained to provide comfort to those in distress or in need of comfort. Therapy dogs are used in a variety of settings, from hospitals and nursing homes to schools and even prisons. Ultimate K9 offers therapy dog training in our service areas of Southern Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Learn more below, and contact us today!
What Is Therapy Dog Training?
Therapy dog training is essential to ensuring that these animals are able to provide comfort and support to their clients. The process of training a therapy dog requires patience and dedication, but can be a rewarding experience for both the dog and the handler.
Evaluating the Dog's Temperament
The first step in training a therapy dog is to ensure that the animal is comfortable with people and other animals. The dog should be able to respond to cues from its handler and interact with people and other animals in a positive manner. This can be done through socialization, obedience training, and desensitization.
Therapy Dog Training
Once the dog is comfortable with people and other animals, the next step is to begin teaching the animal specific behaviors to help it provide comfort to its clients. Therapy dogs are often used to comfort those with mental or physical disabilities, so the dog should be able to recognize and respond to cues such as hand gestures or verbal commands. The dog should also be able to provide physical support, such as allowing a person to lean on it or providing tactile stimulation.
Ensuring Thorough Preparation
The final step in training a therapy dog is to ensure that the animal is mentally and physically prepared to perform its duties. This includes ensuring that the dog is up to date on its vaccinations and is healthy in general. The dog should also be evaluated by a veterinary professional to make sure that it is physically and mentally capable of performing its duties.