Seven-year-old Cleo was rescued two years ago by her dog dad, Scott. She had been used as a breeder dog and lived alone in a yard with little interaction. Scott is proud to report that Cleo passed the therapy dog international certification program – which usually takes two to three hours – in just 20 minutes, and she has worked with Scott as a hospital’s pet therapy volunteer, mainly on the Oncology/Hospice floor, for more than a year.
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It's amazing what animals can do for people:) US Veterans Hospital. Service Dogs flank the the grinning vet.
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The Red Cross offers free training for volunteers and their pets who are interested in becoming Animal Assisted Therapy volunteers. Pets obtain pet therapy certification (no cost involved) and begin volunteering. Owners and their pets can make visits on their own or as part of a group.
A therapy dog's primary job is to allow unfamiliar people to make physical contact with him and to enjoy that contact. Children in particular enjoy hugging animals; adults usually enjoy simply petting the dog. The dog might need to be lifted onto, or climb onto, an invalids lap or bed and sit or lie comfortably there. Many dogs add to the visiting experience by performing small tricks for their audiences or by playing carefully structured games. Therapy dogs are not service dogs.