6 Traits of a Therapy Dog

therapy dog

What does it take to be a good therapy dog?  Is any dog a good candidate for therapy dog training?  I have found the follow 6 traits to be important to have in a successfully training therapy dog.

6 Traits of a Therapy Dog

  1. People Friendly
  2. Gentle and Patient
  3. Tolerates Touches
  4. Demonstrates Good Manners
  5. Calm in Noisy Environments
  6. Shows Self-Restraint

10 Therapy Dog Breeds

  1. Golden Retrievers and Labador Retrievers
  2. Collie
  3. Greyhounds
  4. Pugs
  5. Poodle and Poodle Mixes
  6. Cavalier King Charles
  7. Yorkshire Terrier
  8. French Bulldog
  9. German Shepherd
  10. Beagle


Recommended Reading:

If you are looking for more information about picking a therapy dog, I recommend a helpful book titled “A Dog Who’s Always Welcome” by Lorie Long.  Lorie Long has a background in dog training for well over 35 years.  Her own dogs are trained for agility competitions.

I was first drawn to this book because of the title.  Yes- I want a dog who is always welcome!  It makes traveling easier if I can include my furry friend.  This book was a good starting point for me in the world of dog training and therapy dogs.  My background is teaching children.  It was nice to see some of the same ideas applied!  She offered helpful tips on how to train your dog, and how humans and dogs communicate differently.  She included a canine personality profile to help you learn about how to best approach training your dog.  I learned more about what it means to socialize a dog that include exposure to different settings, objects, animals, and people.  She also talks about puppy classes, doggie daycares, and dog parks.



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