What Makes A Good Therapy Dog
Katie with Lynn Williams taking
a Third (missed 2nd by one point) out of 14 dogs in Raleigh.
A happy friendly dog with a gentle spirit ~ loves children and adults ~
all of ages and races ~ a cuddlier
A happy dog that is willing
to learn and wants to please
A dog that is non aggressive or
reactive to other animals and people
A dog over the age of one year, and is never too old, any size, breed or gender
A dog that likes to be touched, handled, hugged, kissed and is not sensitive on ANY part of their body
A dog and owner that can work as
a bonded team ~ with confidence and trust
A dog that is not hypersensitive to sounds, smells, movements,
people with hats, canes, walkers
or anything with which the dog is not familiar
Katie isn't a good candidate for becoming a Therapy Dog at this time, she is 7yrs old and her enthusiasm is still in overdrive.
She is the most crazy, loving, happiest dog I have ever had, but she has a space problem, she thinks there should't be any. She can't get close enough and will bowl you over at warp speed. Katie however is a great Competition Obedience and Rally dog, winning her titles in AKC Events. I didn't try to change Katie or make her do something she wasn't cut out to do. I instead I found what she would enjoy. Try different things with your dog, find what your dog wants to do and enjoy it with them.
My dog Katie with my niece MeiLin